Monday, September 19, 2011

US helps Israel undermine Palestine bid for full UN membership

Morning Star Online, Sunday 18 September 2011
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Sunday that Tel Aviv and Washington are co-operating to shoot down the Palestinian Authority’s bid for Palestine to be recognised as a UN member state.

Mr Netanyahu said his government was working with the US to make sure that the push for a two-state peace settlement is rejected by the UN security council.

He was responding to a speech delivered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Saturday in which he said he would hand the request for full status to UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon on Friday.

Mr Abbas said “extensive and sincere” Palestinian peace efforts had been scuppered by “Israeli intransigence.”

“We seek to gain membership in the UN on the basis of the 1967 borders so that we could afterwards return to the negotiations on a clear and internationally recognised reference.”

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