Palestinians efforts to be accepted as a full member of the United Nations will
fail because such a move must go through the Security Council, Prime
Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, adding that he is convinced the United States will veto such a move.
Referring the possibility that the Palestinians may seek a resolution in the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu played down the significance of such a vote but admitted that any resolution could be passed in that body.
The truth is that Israel wants peace and the truth is
that the Palestinians are doing everything to torpedo direct peace negotiations.
They have ignored every proposal that I have made,
in my Knesset speech, in my speech at Bar Ilan University, and in my speech to the US Congress.
They have avoided coming to direct negotiations after this government
made an unprecedented decision to freeze new construction in the settlements.
For ten months, they simply were unwilling to come and negotiate.
They need to understand that, despite their current attempt to again circumvent the negotiations
by going to the UN, peace will be achieved only through direct negotiations.
Their attempt to be accepted as a member of the UN will fail.
The Palestinians' attempt will fail because it has to go through... (interruption)
The Palestinians' attempt to be accepted as a member of the UN is what they declared – one year ago – as their objective;
this is what Abu Mazen recently declared as a goal. This attempt will fail.
It will fail because it must go through the UN Security Council. Decisions that are binding on UN members pass through the Security Council.
I am convinced that the activity of the US, which is deeply cooperating with us,
as well as the activity of other governments with which we are also cooperating, will result in the failure of this attempt.
The UN also has the General Assembly in which almost any decision can be passed.
It is possible to decide there that the sun rises in the West and sets in the East,
and this would pass there. But it has neither the same weight nor the same importance.
This is not the Palestinians' declared goal.
"It is possible to decide there that the sun rises in the West and sets
in the East, and this would pass there," he said, "But it has neither
the same weight nor the same importance."
prime minister was scheduled to leave later this week for the United States in order to
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He said that his trip to the United Nations has two goals: to "present
our truth ... our desire for peace," and to ensure that the Palestinian
statehood bid does not serve to bypass peace negotiations or succeed in
the Security Council.
Discussing his UN speech, the prime minister noted that "the UN is not a
place where Israel wins praise, but I think that it is important that I
go there in order to represent both the State of Israel and the truth –
and the truth is that Israel wants peace and the truth is that the
Palestinians are doing everything to torpedo direct peace negotiations."
In addition to Netanyahu's trip, a flurry of intense diplomatic activity to prevent the Palestinians’ unilateral
statehood bid at the United Nations this week is expected to take place in the
next few days.
Envoys from the Middle
East Quartet will meet on Sunday in New York as part of this last-ditch