Outside UN, Politicians Denounce Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Monday, September 26, 2011

With the United Nations headquarters as a backdrop on Monday, a who's who in New York politics denounced the move by the Palestinian Authority to gain statehood through the U.N. rather than through face to face negotiations with Israel.

"The Palestinians' unilateral bid for statehood through the United Nations is a harmful distraction from achieving true peace and stability between Israel and Palestine," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "The only credible path for a two state solution is through the negotiating table."

Gillibrand was joined by New York Republican Representatives Bob Turner and Nan Hayworth at the press event sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and The Jewish Federations of North America.

Also on hand to express support for the Palestinian Authority's return to the Quartet peace process was Representative Charles Rangel, dean of the New York delegation, Representative Gary Ackerman, Representative Nita Lowey, Representative Carolyn Maloney, Representative Jerrold Nadler, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

The assembled elected officials said Israel had already taken steps toward a long term peace agreement with the Palestinians.

"People forget Israel withdrew from the Gaza strip," said Nadler, adding that Israel watched Hamas "turn it into a rocket base against Israel."

The Palestinian Authority said the peace process has been marginalized by Israel's continued push to establish settlements on what the Palestinians assert is their land.


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Comments [4]

Rob Bach from Canada

Get Real...that is some education...."Palestinians belong in Jordan".. and they won't recognize Israel?
By certain polls these politicians are more extreme than the majority of Israeli citizens with 69 percent of Israelis saying their government should accept U.N. recognition of an independent Palestinian state. The survey also found 83 percent of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories support the bid. Shameful politics as the first two comments point out..

Sep. 26 2011 09:55 PM
Get Real

Get Real !!!! The Palestinians have NOT recognized Israel...period. Until that is done nothing else matters, especially when Palestinians belong in Jordan. Look up the stats and you will learn.

The previous posters must not know history but I'm not surprised. GET REAL and get educated.

Sep. 26 2011 09:26 PM

The parade of political bigots. Shameful.

They certainly know that Israel won its declaration of statehood in nearly an identical way — through the UN. Those who know — the Schumers, Nadlers, and Gillibrands — are murderous hypocrites, endorsing Israel crimes against humanity. Those who don't know — like Rep. Peter King — are low-grade morons.

Nadler asserts that "people forget that Israel withdrew from the Gaza strip." No, Mr. Nadler, we do remember. We also remember the non-stop blockade, the frequent, murderous attacks (including Operation Cast Lead), and the war of attrition Israel continues to wage against every Palestinian everywhere on this planet.

There is no crime that Israel could commit that would not find support among the disgusting political lowlifes of the United States.

Sep. 26 2011 05:28 PM

Alternate headline: "New York politicians grandstand in attempt to preempt Jewish vote backlash."

Sep. 26 2011 03:40 PM

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