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As both Israel and the Palestinian Authority step up lobbying efforts regarding
the possible PA bid for statehood at the UN in September, Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet a top US congresswoman Wednesday who
threatened that the US would reduce aid to the PA if it went ahead with the
Representative Kay Granger, a Republican from Texas, said in a
recent Jerusalem Post interview that such a Palestinian move would be a “very
serious step” that would affect US aid to the PA and could also “affect our
funding at the UN.”
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Granger, chairwoman of the House Appropriations
Subcommittee overseeing foreign aid, is part of a visiting Congressional
delegation that is headed by Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham
and includes four other Republican senators and one Democrat – Maria Cantwell
In addition to discussing the diplomatic process with
the Palestinians and the possibility that the Palestinians will seek a
unilateral declaration in September, Netanyahu is also expected during his
meeting with the US lawmakers to discuss the rapid changes in the region,
including the situation in Syria.
So far, Jerusalem – carefully watching
the situation in Syria – has remained publicly pretty mum on the developments
Netanyahu will take Israel’s efforts to keep Europe from
supporting recognition of a Palestinian state to London and Paris next week,
where he will make Israel’s case to British Prime Minister David Cameron and
French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Netanyahu will meet for the first time
as prime minister with Cameron next Wednesday, and the following day he is
scheduled to meet Sarkozy.
Both Israel and the PA are intensively
courting Britain, France and Germany, since those countries are looked to as the
leaders in setting the EU’s foreign policy.
Whether Europe supports or
opposes a Palestinian resolution at the UN will to a large extent determine the
resolution’s significance, as the Palestinians are eager to get the resolution
passed in the General Assembly by the world’s democracies, and not only by the
automatic majority of Islamic and developing countries it commands in that
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was in Paris last
week and reportedly received mixed signals from Sarkozy over the idea. He is
scheduled to go to Berlin on May 5.
Earlier this month, following a
meeting with Netanyahu in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel came out
against a unilateral declaration of statehood and in favor of an agreedupon
solution. The US has also made its position against such a move well
Regarding Netanyahu’s visit to Britain and France, The Israel
Project released a poll last week showing that while both Israel and the
Palestinians are viewed coolly in Britain and France, Israel scores slightly
higher than the Palestinians among the French public, while the situation is
reversed in Britain.
Asked to rate their feelings toward Israel and the
Palestinians, in Britain 19 percent of the UK public said they had warm feelings
for Israel, compared with 31% for the Palestinians.
Thirty-one percent of
the British public said they had cool feelings toward Israel, and 25% toward the
In France, 21% registered warm feelings toward Israel,
compared with 16% for the Palestinians, while 29% had cool feelings toward
Israel and 36% for the Palestinians.