Senator Graham: UN Declaration of PA State "Off Base"

US Senator Lindsey Graham expressed his opposition to PA moves to gain a state via UN declaration instead of talks with Israel.

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Gabe Kahn., | updated: 21:39

Sen. Lindsey Graham
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 "You're doing more damage than you are doing good."

So said US Senator Lindsey Graham on Wednesday to Western countries considering throwing their diplomatic might behind a unilateral declaration of a PA state by the United Nations in September.

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Graham characterized UN involvement in creating a PA state as "off base."

A PA state cannot come about from a UN resolution, Graham told reporters in Jerusalem, it must come from the people living in the region.

The senior US senator expressed reservations about the PA leadership, saying, "Who runs the Palestinian state. Wouldn't you want to know that?"

Graham's question may allude to reports Fatah and Hamas have reconciled and will be setting a date for new elections.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the group of visiting US legislators Graham is traveling with that the US must oppose the PA bid for a unilateral declaration of statehood in the United Nations.

 To Army Radio Netanyahu said, "Even if such a decision is reached... we need to ensure that the United States does not support it."