Saturday, June 11, 2011
Israel's diplomatic drive to block Palestinian UN bid
Israel’s foreign ministry has launched a global diplomatic offensive to foil a Palestinian move to seek recognition of statehood at the United Nations in September.
In classified cables leaked to an Israeli newspaper, officials call on envoys to warn the world that the Palestinian initiative will harm Israel’s legitimacy and wreck any hope of reviving peace negotiations.
Overseas missions have been tasked with lobbying senior politicians in their respective countries, mobilising Jewish organisations to influence public opinion, and placing articles and opinion pieces slamming the Palestinian move in the international media.