Palestinian statehood bid will fail: Israeli PM

Last Updated: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 19:26

Jerusalem: Predicting that the Palestinian
bid to become a permanent UN member is "bound to fail",
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday to
"present our truth" at the General Assembly.

The Jewish state looks quite isolated with more than 150
member states likely to vote in favour of the Palestinian
resolution demanding a full member status in the UN.

Netanyahu told his ministers at the cabinet`s weekly
meeting that "the Palestinians` wish to become a permanent UN
member...is bound to fail because they have to go through the
Security Council".
He said that that even though the Palestinians can opt to
turn to the UN General Assembly, "it does not have the same
significance of the Security Council, and that is not the
Palestinians` stated goal".

The general feeling in Israel is that its close ally, the
US, will veto Palestinian Authority`s move seeking recognition
at the Security Council, thus turning General Assembly`s
resolution null and void.

However, political analysts in Israel feel that the
overwhelming support enjoyed by the Palestinian resolution
will demonstrate Israel`s growing isolation in the
international community, amid close allies in the Middle East,
Turkey, Egypt and Jordan, recently turning hostile to the
Jewish state.

Netanyahu decided last week to address the UN General
Assembly next Friday, the day the Palestinians will submit
their statehood bid.

The stated purpose of his visit to the UN is to make sure
that the Palestinian "move to circumvent negotiations does not
succeed, and...to present our truth, which is that we are not
foreigners and we have rights going back 4,000 years".

The Israeli leader, who has failed to bring the
Palestinians back to the negotiating table over their adamant
stand not to talk peace till Israel freezes all building
activities in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, added that "we
are ready to enter negotiations if the Palestinians want to".

"At the end of the day I believe that after the smoke
clears, the Palestinians will come to their senses and sit
down for negotiations that will bring peace for us and our
neighbours," he stressed.

"Peace can only be achieved through direct negotiations
with Israel", a statement released by the Prime Minister?s
office had last week, accusing the PA of consistently avoiding
talks with Israel.

"When the Palestinian Authority will abandon its futile
measures, firstly its unilateral decision to approach the UN,
it will find Israel as a partner for negotiations and peace,?
the statement said.

The PA feels that Netanyahu, under immense pressure from
his overwhelming right-wing coalition, is not prepared to make
concessions required to put peace talks back on track.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas has stressed that the
Palestinians plan to approach the UN Security Council for full
recognition, clarifying that they are seeking to de-legitimise
the occupation, and not Israel, by taking the UN route for
Palestinian statehood.

He asserted that Israel is a legitimate state, but that by
continuing to build in the settlements and rejecting the
internationally recognised borders of a future Palestinian
state, they are engaging in illegitimate activity.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 19:26

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