AJC Praises EU, U.S. Opposition to Unilateral Palestinian Declaration of Statehood

Published November 17th, 2009 - 01:38 GMT

 AJC today praised the European Union and the United States for opposing a Palestinian proposal to solicit UN Security
Council endorsement of a unilateral declaration of statehood.

"Why does the Palestinian Authority continually seek solutions far from its
territory when Israel is next door?" said AJC Executive Director David Harris.
"Prime Minister Netanyahu eagerly awaits Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's
return to the negotiating table without preconditions."

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who currently holds the rotating presidency of
the 27-nation EU, said UN recognition of a Palestinian state should occur when the
state is actually established through negotiations. "The time is not ripe now," said
Bildt.

Meanwhile, the State Department declared that the U.S. supports the creation of a
Palestinian state but "it has to be achieved through negotiations between the
parties."

AJC's Harris pointed out that Abbas had declared at the Fatah Party Congress in
August his unwillingness to immediately restart negotiations with Israel. "This
grievously mistaken approach to peacemaking is harming, firstly, the Palestinian
people and, secondly, the chances to achieve a comprehensive agreement that assures
peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians."

"History has demonstrated time and again that Israel is more than ready to negotiate
with true partners, as with Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Jordan's King Hussein," said
Harris.

"Mahmoud Abbas has the responsibility to his own people to resume negotiations with
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu."


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