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The Prime Minister's Office on Saturday referred to as "expected but unfortunate" the Palestinian Authority's announcement that they would request on September 20 recognition of a Palestinian State at the United Nations.
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Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Saturday informed UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that PA President Mahmoud Abbas will ask
the international community to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state
on the first day of the annual opening gathering at UN headquarters in
seems that Abu Mazen [Abbas] has decided to avoid direct negotiations,"
a Prime Minister's Office Statement said in response to the Palestinian
The Israeli mission to the UN responded to news that Palestinians have decided to go ahead with their bid to seek statehood recognition in September by reiterating calls to return to the negotiating table.
An Israeli spokesperson said only direct talks with Jerusalem could lead to a comprehensive peace deal whereas unilateral moves were likely to provoke violence.
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Saturday said that Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu's failure to engage in negotiations with the
Palestinians led to the PA's decision to ask the United Nations to
recognize a Palestinian State on September 20.
"The Palestinian decision is bad for Israel and only one person is
responsible for this diplomatic failure - Netanyahu," Livni said in a
statement. "Netanyahu's inability to understand the situation and his
refusal to continue negotiations, which Kadima had been holding in
keeping with Israel's best interests, are leading Israel to one of the
most dangerous diplomatic failures in its history," she added.
"Rather than establishing a Palestinian state through an agreement with
Israel, Netanyahu is causing the world to establish a state in
opposition to Israel's position," Livni stated.
"Kadima reiterates its call to renew negotiations before September," she said.
National Union MK Arye Eldad on Saturday called on Israel to cancel the Oslo Accords in reaction to the Palestinian announcement.
"The Government of Israel should announce immediately that with this application to the UN the Oslo Accords will be canceled and Israel should declare that Israeli law will be implemented in Judea and Samaria," Eldad said in a statement. Gil Shefler contributed to this report.