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— The Associated Press (@AP) November 29, 2012
U.N. VOTE IMPLICITLY RECOGNIZES SOVEREIGN STATE OF PALESTINE— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 29, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Clinton: UN vote on Palestinian recognition is `unfortunate’ and `counterproductive’— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) November 29, 2012
“A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly…” wapo.st/QQdyNl— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 29, 2012