104 MKs ask Ban to oppose PA statehood bid

September 22, 2011 19:20

Over 100 MKs sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon on Thursday, objecting to UN recognition of a Palestinian statehood.

The letter, signed by 104 MKs, was initiated by MK Shai Hermesh (Kadima), chairman of the World Jewish Congress. Faction chairpeople MKs Dalia Itzik (Kadima), Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), Robert Ilatov (Israel Beiteinu), Eitan Cabel (Labor), Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi), Einat Wilf (Independence) and Avraham Michaeli (Shas) all signed the letter.In addition, the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians launched a letter-sending initiative, led by ICJP chairwoman Fiamma Nirenstein, who gathered signatures from 150 Italian parliamentarians.

In the letters, MKs and Jewish parliamentarians say that the Palestinian statehood bid "undermines past resolutions...based on the principle that a final agreement between the two sides will be reached through negotiations."

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