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  10/28/2011, Tishrei 30, 5772

Sa'ar: PA Getting Away from Peace and End of Conflict


Education Minister Gid'on Sa'ar told the 36th General Conference of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Thursday evening, that it was not the body's job to decide on the establishment of new countries and a Palestinian Authority state will not be created, even if UNESCO approves the PA as a full member. He said the PA's efforts at the gathering in Paris were intended to bypass proceedings at the UN Security Council, and warned that the bypassing of direct negotiations with Israel will only push peace and an end to the conflict further away, possibly for many years.

The Likud lawmaker said the PA only wants the facade of a state, not for ending the Arab-Israeli conflict, but for continuing it from improved positions and criticized UNESCO's politicization, which produces anti-Israel resolutions without discussing the ways the regimes in Syria and Iran treat their citizens. He expressed similar sentiments during private meetings with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and European minister in attendance at the conference.