AJC today praised the European Union and the United States for opposing a Palestinian proposal to solicit UN SecurityCouncil endorsement of a unilateral declaration of statehood.
"Why does the Palestinian Authority continually seek solutions far from itsterritory when Israel is next door?" said AJC Executive Director David Harris."Prime Minister Netanyahu eagerly awaits Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas'sreturn to the negotiating table without preconditions."
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who currently holds the rotating presidency ofthe 27-nation EU, said UN recognition of a Palestinian state should occur when thestate is actually established through negotiations. "The time is not ripe now," saidBildt.
Meanwhile, the State Department declared that the U.S. supports the creation of aPalestinian state but "it has to be achieved through negotiations between theparties."
AJC's Harris pointed out that Abbas had declared at the Fatah Party Congress inAugust his unwillingness to immediately restart negotiations with Israel. "Thisgrievously mistaken approach to peacemaking is harming, firstly, the Palestinianpeople and, secondly, the chances to achieve a comprehensive agreement that assurespeace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians."
"History has demonstrated time and again that Israel is more than ready to negotiatewith true partners, as with Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Jordan's King Hussein," saidHarris.
"Mahmoud Abbas has the responsibility to his own people to resume negotiations withIsraeli Prime Minister Netanyahu."