The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee (FADC) met Monday morning to discuss preparedness for a UN declaration recognizing an independent Palestinian state slated for September. Former Israeli ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev painted a grim picture of Israel's standing in the UN, saying Israel has "hit a record low" that "began with Operation Cast Lead."
Shalev called the Palestinian move towards UN recognition of their state an "intermediate goal," and one that seeks "to destroy [Israel] before the international community." Shalev concluded that Israel must take pointed diplomatic and political strides in order to persuade countries that "the one-sided declaration is an approach that will not bring benefit to the Palestinians and certainly hurt the peace process."
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