Bill Clinton: PA statehood bid is 'act of frustration'

Former US president says Palestinians understand that they have to negotiate borders, security; Micheal Oren hopes PA will agree to talks.

September 18, 2011 21:27
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Bill Clinton giving a speech in US

Bill Clinton giving a speech 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/Jason Cohn)

Former US president Bill Clinton called the Palestinian Authority's attempt to secure statehood at the United Nations an "act of frustration," in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.

He did, however, say that he believes "the Palestinians understand that they have to negotiate borders and security with the Israelis."

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Clinton said he expects the US to veto the move when it comes before the Security Council, and that the next step will be to make sure the situation does not spiral out of control.

"We're either going to go forward or fall back," the former president said, continuing, "I favor going forward."

Also on Sunday, Israel’s Ambassador to the US Michael Oren said that he hopes the Palestinian Authority will return to the negotiating table so that a two-state solution can be created.

During an interview with Channel 2 News about the PA's UN statehood bid this week, Oren said that he could not confirm rumors that a deal was being made that would delay the vote at the UN to give both sides a few more months to reach an agreement.

Oren also said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was willing to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a bid to restart peace talks.

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