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Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh condemned on Friday Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement that the creation of a
Palestinian state would be the first step in wiping out Israel.
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words do not help anyone except the Israeli right who are against our
bid at the UN, and put in doubt our intentions and obligations to a two
state solution based on the 1967 borders," he said.
Ahmadinejad's statement came the same day as US Consul-General in Jerusalem Daniel Rubinstein warned the
Palestinian Authority that following through with plans to seek
recognition of a state at the United Nations in September would draw
"punitive measures" from the US Congress.
Rubinstein issued the warning during a meeting with PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jericho on Friday.
"If the Palestinian Authority insists on going to the Security Council,
the US will use the veto," Erekat quoted Rubinstein as saying, according
to Palestinian news agency Ma'an.
According to Erekat, Rubinstein added that if the PA "seeks to upgrade
its position at the UN through the General Assembly, the US Congress
will take punitive measures against it, including cutting US aid."
Erekat said he urged the US to reconsider their position against the UN statehood bid, according to Ma'an.
The US has repeatedly voiced opposition to the Palestinians' unilateral
action and both the US House of Representatives and the Senate have passed resolutions
saying they would consider cutting funding to the PA if they sought statehood at the UN.