Florida senator Marco Rubio has issued a press release opposing UN recognition of Palestine. He has also announced that he is co-sponsoring an amendment that would prohibit US taxpayer dollars from funding the U.N. if they proceed with recognizing Palestinine as a non-member state.
Here is the text of Rubio’s statement:
“I oppose this unilateral move by the government of president Abbas and regret its reckless endorsement by the United Nations. True peace and international recognition of a Palestinian state can only be achieved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. The Palestinian people would be much better served if the Palestinian Authority were to spend its energies in responding to several Israeli calls for direct negotiations. As the Senate debates the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I am proud to be a co-sponsor of an amendment to prohibit U.S. taxpayer funding for the United Nations in the event the organization upgrades Palestine’s status from permanent observer ‘entity’ before a comprehensive peace agreement has been reached with Israel. The Senate should swiftly adopt it.”
A powerful statement today by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the move by the Palestinians and their allies at the United Nations today to have Palestine recognized by the U.N. as an observer state. The resolution is expected to pass in the General Assembly. The United States has said it will oppose the move.
Netanyahu points out that Palestine should not be recognized as an official state until it officially recognizes Israel’s right to exist. Netanyahu bluntly issued a warning to the United Nations:
“As for the rights of the Jewish people in this land, I have a smiple message for those gathered in the General Assembly today. No decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000 year-old bond between the people of Israel, and the land of Israel.”
UPDATED: The U.N. General Assembly has voted to recognize Palestine as an observer state:
U.N. General Assembly votes by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine: apne.ws/TwDR9u -CC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Defying U.S. and Israeli opposition, Palestinians asked the United Nations on Friday to accept them as a member state, sidestepping nearly two decades of failed negotiations in the hope this dramatic move on the world stage would reenergize their quest for an independent homeland.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was greeted by sustained applause and appreciative whistles as he approached the dais in the General Assembly hall to deliver a speech outlining his people’s hopes and dreams of becoming a full member of the United Nations. Some members of the Israeli delegation, including Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermann, left the hall as Abbas approached the podium.
Harry Reid, speaking at AIPAC yesterday, opposed Obama’s call for Israel to return to 1967 borders. Reid said, “No one should set premature parameters about borders, about building, or about anything else.”
Activists from the far-left group Code Pink attempt to interrupt Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to AIPAC. One of them shouted, “Occupying land is indefensible” and the other held up a banner saying, “Silencing dissent is indefensible.”
In what has been characterized as a “bombshell,” President Obama sided with Palestinians against Israel during his Mideast speech when he revealed his support of the Palestinians’ demands that Israel pull back to their borders based on how they were before the 1967 Middle East war. Obama said, “We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps…The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves and reach their full potential in a sovereign and contiguous state.”
In response to President Obama’s photo-op and handshake with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Charles Krauthammer says, “Obama has shifted and reversed American sympathies in that region.” Krauthammer pointed out that just a few months ago Obama wouldn’t even allow a picture of himself to be taken with the Prime Minister of Israel. Krauthammer called it “an unbelievable contrast.”