Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor 311.
(photo credit: Shahar Azran)
NEW YORK – Israel hopes that the Palestinians will back down from their bid to
seek statehood recognition at the United Nations on September 20, said Israel’s
Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor on Tuesday.
Speaking to journalists at
his office in Manhattan, Prosor reiterated Israel’s argument that a
confrontation at the UN would be detrimental to both sides – urging the
Palestinian Authority to resume direct talks.
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“[The Palestinians] have
climbed on a tree and the higher they climb the higher they request a ladder,”
he said. “What is going to happen in the end is that they will fall from the
tree – but they won’t just hurt themselves, they will [hurt] everyone else in
Moreover, he said, Palestinian efforts to become the 194th
member state of the UN would likely fail as the US has said it would use its
veto at the Security Council.
“The United States has articulated their
position that they would veto such a resolution at the Security Council. So if
that is the case, there is no way the Palestinians will become a new member of
the United Nations,” he said. “Then there is the General Assembly, a quest on
the Palestinian side to upgrade their position...
That upgrade will not
change anything, except in the United Nations itself.”
Last week Ramallah
officially announced it would seek recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state
at the opening of the 66th session of the UN next month.
President Mahmoud] Abbas will personally present the request to UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon,” a Palestinian spokesman was quoted as saying by
“[Abbas] will insist on this historic initiative, and Ban Ki-moon
will present the request to the Security Council.”
Prosor said on Tuesday
that he hoped back-channel talks being conducted by former British prime
minister Tony Blair might avert the much-anticipated showdown.
making progress [with talks with the Palestinians],” he said. “[But] if by the
definition of progress you mean success, then he has not yet.”
anything good might come of the Palestinian bid for statehood and the frenzied
diplomatic activity it has provoked, the Israeli ambassador gave a short answer:
Meanwhile, the Palestinian mission to the UN declined to
Prosor also commented on the so-called Durban III gathering, a
continuation of the United Nations conference on human rights held in South
Africa in 2001, which was condemned by Israel and the US for its harsh focus on
Prosor said the upcoming event set to take place at the UN on
September 21 was “anti-Semitic and racist” and called on nations to join the
boycott declared by the US, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy and the Netherlands.