Sep 24 2011
What a surprise! Iran's Ambassador to Egypt says, "UN vote on Palestinian statehood is a step toward wiping out Israel"
In an interview with Al-Watan al-Arabi, Ambassador Mojtaba Amani added, “The Palestinians must follow a correct example and complete all the measures to prevent the Zionist Entity from depriving them their rights.”
Investigative Project Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas complained that “all hell has broken out against us” over the UN effort, but that there was no turning back from the present course.
Abbas reportedly rejected offers of concessions from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, including compromises on language describing the borders of a future state and describing Israel as a home for the Jewish people. “From now until I give the speech, we have only one choice: going to the Security Council.
The United States has promised to veto any Palestinian request for full inclusion as a member state before the council. But the PA likely would secure an upgrade of its current status as an observer if it turned to the full UN General Assembly. Western diplomats say that will lead only to disappointment for Palestinians and not get them any closer to actual statehood.
And there are risks for the Palestinians if they refuse to alter their course. If Congress follows through on threats to cut off American aid to the Palestinian Authority, “the risk of PA collapse is very real,” PA central bank chief Jihad al-Wazir told Reuters.