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US Warned Europeans against Supporting Palestinian Statehood

By: JTA

The United States reportedly warned European governments in a memorandum not to support a Palestinian bid for increased status at the United Nations.

The memorandum, which was exposed by the Guardian, called giving the Palestinians enhanced non-member state status “extremely counterproductive” and threatened “significant negative consequences” for the Palestinian Authority, including financial sanctions.

The memorandum, sent by U.S. officials to representatives of European governments at the United Nations General Assembly last week in New York, said that Palestinian statehood “can only be achieved via direct negotiations with the Israelis.” It called on the European governments to block Palestinian attempts to be recognized as a non-member state.

It also asked each government where it stands on the issue and said the U.S. was interested in knowing whether the European governments had been approached by Palestinian representatives.

The Palestinians reportedly will wait until after November’s presidential elections in America to make their bid for the new status in the General Assembly, where the United States does not have veto power. They will, however, press for a vote by the end of the year and expect the issue to pass by a “comfortable majority,” according to the Guardian.

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8 Responses to “US Warned Europeans against Supporting Palestinian Statehood”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    For the Palestinians to seek recognition as a "non member state" is an abrogation of the Oslo Accords, which provided that the final status of the occupied territories (and yes, they are occupied, as the recent intervention in Hevron indicates) would be satisfied through negotiation. Israel would have grounds to consider itself no longer bound by the Oslo Accords, making it free to annex all of Area C, granting Israeli citizenship to the Arab residents living there.

  2. Why would Israel be allowed to annex any of the West Bank?

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    The Palestinians appear to be breaking their agreements.

  4. So? What's preventing Israel from annexing Area C now is not the Oslo Accords, but rather intentional law.

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    Oslo Accords ARE international law!

  6. John Burt says:

    Can anybody quote the international law that prevents Israel from annexing parts or all of Judea and Samaria?! Who enforces the Law?!

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    "Can anybody quote the international law that prevents Israel from annexing parts or all of Judea and Samaria?"

    The Fourth Geneva Convention could be interpreted to prevent such. Article 49 certainly makes all the settlements in areas NOT annexed illegal.

  8. Ruth Hirt says:

    Publish a supposed move on the long-lain frantic issue when practical partial claims been set on foothold by PA. It's election time, almost forgot Jewish voters. Imminent Obama defeat is a rouser.

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