The Obama administration is working to derail the Palestinian effort within the United Nations to upgrade their diplomatic presence to a “non-member state.”
“Unilateral actions, including initiatives to grant Palestinians non-member state observer status at the United Nations, would only jeopardize the peace process and complicate efforts to return the parties to direct negotiations,” the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, told the U.N. Security Council during a debate on the Middle East situation.
There have been no direct Palestinian talks with Israel on peace since 2010, when the Palestinians refused to resume negotiations unless the Israeli government suspended settlement building in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
“Any efforts to use international fora to prejudge final status issues that can only be resolved directly by the parties will neither improve the daily lives of Palestinians nor foster the trust essential to make progress towards a two state solution,” Rice said.
MJ Rosenberg summarizes:
In yet another bid for AIPAC campaign contributions, Obama tells Palestinians “no state, no UN, no how.” reuters.com/article/2012/1…
— Michael J Rosenberg (@MJayRosenberg) October 15, 2012