Video: US Ambassador Lashes Out at PA Appeal to UN
An Arab attempt to win recognition at the UN “is not going to create a state” and does not resolve the issues of borders, security and “refugees,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Monday.
Speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Rice asserted, “The Palestinian move to the United Nations will not create a state – not in reality and not even in theory – because the fundamental issues that divide the parties will remain to be resolved.”
The United States has stated it will veto any motion in the United Nations Security Council to recognize the Palestinian Authority as an independent country within Israel’s borders.
The Palestinian Authority has said the Arab League motion for recognition will be made directly to the General Assembly, which cannot declare the PA a member but can pass a non-binding resolution.
The Arab League, which is sponsoring the motion, has a certain majority in the pro-Arab international body.
Rice said that that Arab leaders are not considering the “day after.”
“What will happen when whatever show we have in the United Nations is done?” she asked rhetorically. “What will change in the real world for the Palestinian people? The answer is nothing—sadly.
“Expectations will have been raised very high. But the economy will still be the economy, the situation on ground will remain the situation on the ground. The [Palestinian people] will not have any more sovereignty, freedom or autonomy than they feel today."
The ambassador also criticized efforts by U.S. Congressmen to pass a law that would halt funds to the Palestinian Authority if it goes through with its appeal to the United Nations.
She explained that former tactics of cutting funds only succeeded to “reduce our standing and our ability to achieve the reforms we all want. They are self-defeating and they don’t work.”