From the Israeli Prime Minister’s statement this morning at the Menachim Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem:
“Israel is prepared to live in peace with a Palestinian state, but for peace to endure, Israel’s security must be protected. The Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state and they must be prepared to end the conflict with Israel once and for all. None of these vital interests, these vital interests of peace, none of them appear in the resolution that will be put forward before the General Assembly today and that is why Israel cannot accept it. The only way to achieve peace is through agreements that are reached by the parties directly; through valid negotiations between themselves, and not through UN resolutions that completely ignore Israel’s vital security and national interests. And because this resolution is so one-sided, it doesn’t advance peace, it pushes it backwards.
As for the rights of the Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today: No decision by the UN can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.”
The UN General Assembly vote will take place later today, and it’s expected to pass. As Jonathan noted yesterday, the Israeli government is downplaying the impact of it, and Netanyahu has continued to do so with his statement this morning. Still, the vote will give Palestinians more power to use the already anti-Israel UN as a global PR weapon against the Jewish state, including the ability to bring war charges against it in the International Criminal Court.