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UN bid is not taking Palestine anywhere: Netanyahu

Thursday, 29 November 2012 - 5:38pm IST | Place: JERUSALEM | Agency: PTI
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is poised to bring his bid to seek a "non-member observer state" status for Palestine at the UN General Assembly where a majority of countries, including India, are supporting his resolution.

Faced with the prospect of a stinging diplomatic defeat at the UN, Israel Premier Benjamin Netanyahu today warned the Palestinian Authority that its unilateral move to seek an upgraded status at the world body will only make its statehood dreams "more distant".

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is poised to bring his bid to seek a "non-member observer state" status for Palestine at the UN General Assembly where a majority of countries, including India, are supporting his resolution.

With Abbas's move likely to sail through at the UNGA, Israel is looking at a major diplomatic defeat at the world body, but Netanyahu appeared unfazed by the prospect.

The hawkish leader said Israel will not be moved no matter how many countries vote against it at the world body.

While touring an exhibit of recently declassified documents marking the upcoming 35th anniversary of Anwar Sadat's visit to Jerusalem, Netanyahu said PA's decision will "not change anything on the ground".

"It will not further the establishment of a Palestinian state, but will make it more distant," he said.

The Israeli Premier stressed that regardless of how many (countries) vote against Israel, "no force in the world will get me to compromise on Israel's security".

No force in the world, he said, can sever the thousand-year-old ties between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

"Israel's hand is always extended in peace, but a Palestinian state will not be established without recognition of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, without an end of conflict declaration, and without true security arrangements that will protect Israel and its citizens," the prime minister emphasised.


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