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Netanyahu says Palestinian UN bid doomed to fail

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says next week's bid by the Palestinians for UN membership will fail as Israel works closely with the Americans to foil the endeavor

AFP , Sunday 18 Sep 2011
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, talks during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem (Photo: AP)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that next week's bid by the Palestinians for UN membership had no chance of success and that they would ultimately seek renewed talks.

"Their attempt to be accepted as a member of the United Nations will fail," he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. "That attempt will fail, since it has to pass through the Security Council."

President Mahmud Abbas has promised Palestinians he will seek UN membership from the Security Council next Friday, despite stiff opposition from Israel and the United States, who say that only direct negotiations can resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Washington, Israel's main ally, has already announced it will use its veto to block the Palestinian bid in the Security Council.

"As a result of the actions of the United States, which is working closely with us, and of other governments with which we and the Americans are working, I predict that this attempt will fail," Netanyahu said.

"In the end, after the smoke clears and after everything that happens at the UN, the Palestinians will come to their senses, I hope, drop these moves to bypass negotiations and return to the table in order to bring peace to us and our neighbours."

Netanyahu compared the Security Council to the UN's government, while the General Assembly, he said was more like a parliament.

"There you can pass almost any resolution," he said. "They could decide that the sun rises in the west and sinks in the east but it doesn't have the same weight and the same importance as the Security Council."

Netanyahu has said he too will go to the UN to explain Israel's opposition to the Palestinian move. Like Abbas, he is to speak on September 23, a government official said.

The White House says he is also likely to meet President Barack Obama in New York.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians foundered nearly a year ago in a dispute over Israel's continued construction of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

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William Burg
20-09-2011 07:59am
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It's time the united States tells Israel what to do, instead of Israel telling the US what to do. The Jews should leave the Palestine lands. Most of them are from Europe and America. They have no right to this ancient land and it's stated in the bible as such.
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Mary
20-09-2011 05:07am
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To the Palestinian people-Please do not give in, You deserve to be your own country!. You have suffered too many long years under occupation!! God bless and Peace to all
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Pritch
20-09-2011 02:27am
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Zionists believe God gave them the land in Palestine. Better yet the Zionists believe they are the "master race" and can do whatever they please and International law does not apply to them.
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Maricia
20-09-2011 12:52am
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The Palestinians have every right to be their own country!.They have suffered enough under the Israelis! What right does Netanyahu have to speak for Palestine??? Palestine, I wish you well--do not give in to the US and Israel. God bless
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