PA: Ahmadinejad's statement only helps the Israeli right

Spokesman says Iranian president's words only put Palestinian intentions in doubt; US envoy warns Erekat: Aid will be cut if UN bid made.

August 26, 2011 21:41
1 minute read.
The United Nations Security Council [file]

UN Security Council_311. (photo credit: Reuters)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Palestinian 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.

"These 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.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

US officials urge Arabs to resume Palestinian aid
US foreign aid package may put conditions on PA funding

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.

Click for full Jpost coverage

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN