Friday, December 17, 2010

Congress: No to Palestinian statehood declaration

House of Representatives unanimously decides to remind Obama it supports Israel, passes motion saying US will not recognize Palestinian state declared without Israel's approval, veto UN resolution to this effect if it is brought forth - Yitzhak Benhorin

Published: 12.16.10, 08:49 / Israel News

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a motion opposing a move being promoted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, for recognition of a state within the 1967 borders without Israel's agreement.

"The US reaffirms strong opposition to any attempt to establish or seek recognition of a Palestinian state outside of an agreement negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians," the motion says, also stating that "real and lasting peace could only be achieved through direct negotiations between the two sides"

The house mentioned that Palestinian leaders were threatening to make a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state and were requesting recognition from the UN and other international forums.

Full story here

Abbas has been trying to get countries around the world to recognize a Palestinian state without Israel's cooperation - a sneaky "backdoor" approach.

With this decision, it would appear that Congress is doing something right! I applaud their stance. In spite of the "black eye" Obama received from them, the decision probably will not slow his efforts toward achieving a Palestinian state.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!


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