(photo credit: Yoav Heldman)
Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder warned on Wednesday that
hard-line Palestinians will likely see recognition of a Palestinian
state at the United Nations as nothing more than failed diplomacy, and
will encourage terrorism against Israel as a viable alternative. The WJC president said that deep divisions
within Fatah will make the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
faction unable to responsibly govern a Palestinian state, and that the
ensuing terrorism will be a distraction from the power-struggle already
playing out between Hamas and Fatah.
said that "Israel will inevitably reject any externally imposed
solutions," therefore proving to Palestinians that diplomacy is not the
right way to achieve independence, and that "resistance" is the only
option left available.
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Lauder also said that a Palestinian resolution "
would provide easy ammunition for those seeking to exploit deeply hostile attitudes to Israel and the Jews" in the region.
He said that while the World Jewish Congress supported a shift towards
democracy in the Middle East, it would be "naive" to see such an outcome
of the Arab Spring as certain.