Israeli PM predicts Palestinian statehood bid will fail

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Israel’s prime minister predicted on Sunday that the Palestinians’ quest for U.N. membership would fail because it bypasses negotiations with the Jewish state, and said he was working close with Washington to ensure the statehood bid withers in the Security Council.

Benjamin Netanyahu put the blame for stalled negotiations squarely on the Palestinians, who are skeptical of his commitment to peacemaking and have refused to return to the bargaining table without an Israeli freeze on settlement construction.

“The truth is, Israel wants peace, and the truth is, the Palestinians are doing all they can to torpedo direct peace talks,” Netanyahu told his weekly Cabinet meeting.

“They must understand that despite the current attempt to bypass negotiations again by going to the U.N., that peace is achieved only through direct negotiations,” Netanyahu added. “Their attempt to be accepted as a full member of the U.N. will fail.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said over the weekend that he would submit his bid for full membership to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon in New York on Friday, during the annual General Assembly session in New York.

Netanyahu said there was “close cooperation” with the U.S. to make sure the Palestinians’ bid is shot down in the U.N. Security Council, the powerful body that must approve a membership bid. The U.S. has threatened to veto the move if it wins backing from nine of the Council’s 15 members — something Washington is trying to prevent.

That would leave the Palestinians with the option of seeking a lesser status of nonmember observer state at the General Assembly, a forum where they would expect to win the necessary simple majority of those present and voting.

Although that would be a largely symbolic victory, the Palestinians hope to use their elevated status on the international stage to press Israel for concessions in any future negotiations.

Netanyahu said he was traveling to New York with two goals: to block the statehood bid at the Security Council and to present “our truth.”

Shortly before Netanyahu spoke, a close ally, Cabinet Minister Moshe Yaalon, told Army Radio that “we don’t have a partner for peacemaking.” It was not clear whether Yaalon was expressing a personal opinion.

AP

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9 responses to “Israeli PM predicts Palestinian statehood bid will fail”

  1. Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel Avatar
    Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    Always showing that same picture of him. I wonder why…

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      That half-smirking wry smile that says ‘show me’ was a great ‘captured’ moment … news-hounds love those kinds of pics.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar

      That half-smirking wry smile that says ‘show me’ was a great ‘captured’ moment … news-hounds love those kinds of pics.

  2. Always showing that same picture of him. I wonder why…

    1.  Avatar

      That half-smirking wry smile that says ‘show me’ was a great ‘captured’ moment … news-hounds love those kinds of pics.

  3. No predictions necessary.VETO.
    They haven’t earned a state.Let alone they cant quit fighting over who’s gonna run it. Face it , its nothing more than a failed experiment.

  4. No predictions necessary.VETO.
    They haven’t earned a state.Let alone they cant quit fighting over who’s gonna run it. Face it , its nothing more than a failed experiment.

  5. antar2011 Avatar

    the turth is Israel is never worried about peace.

    the truth is you are a lying thug.

    there won’t be a successful bid, of course not….not over the zionists dead body.

    the sly, he goes running to his US slaves after he sensed that Obama may agree to a Palestinian state, ordering him to veto, and so Obama does so…ignoring his worhtless speech in egypt after his election…..and of course that attendance in congress of Netenyahu refocusing the americans attention to “israel’s cause” with his false victimhood appearance….

    he forgot to mention that the direct negotiations has never worked for reasons known only to the zionists.

    he forgot to mention that the direct negotiations had made things more difficult…oh of course, but who cares about the palestinians anyway..we are the chosen pple…and this is our land… these are just second….5th rather, level humans who do not deserve to be called humans even because they lived peacefuly with jewish arabs and welcomed our european grandfathers after ww2.

    the zionist have always pressed for a two state solution to the conflict because it knew that it was impossible to be agreed upon by the Arabs especially when Hamas entered the game…now it is realising that two state solution is real, it is giving unworkable excuses for its recognition of a palestinian state.

    this pic of him is very suitable for him and his pathetic supporters.

    the idiots here on this forum support him….

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    the turth is Israel is never worried about peace.

    the truth is you are a lying thug.

    there won’t be a successful bid, of course not….not over the zionists dead body.

    the sly, he goes running to his US slaves after he sensed that Obama may agree to a Palestinian state, ordering him to veto, and so Obama does so…ignoring his worhtless speech in egypt after his election…..and of course that attendance in congress of Netenyahu refocusing the americans attention to “israel’s cause” with his false victimhood appearance….

    he forgot to mention that the direct negotiations has never worked for reasons known only to the zionists.

    he forgot to mention that the direct negotiations had made things more difficult…oh of course, but who cares about the palestinians anyway..we are the chosen pple…and this is our land… these are just second….5th rather, level humans who do not deserve to be called humans even because they lived peacefuly with jewish arabs and welcomed our european grandfathers after ww2.

    the zionist have always pressed for a two state solution to the conflict because it knew that it was impossible to be agreed upon by the Arabs especially when Hamas entered the game…now it is realising that two state solution is real, it is giving unworkable excuses for its recognition of a palestinian state.

    this pic of him is very suitable for him and his pathetic supporters.

    the idiots here on this forum support him….

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