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Netanyahu to Meet with Obama

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Cabinet Sunday he will meet with President Obama this week, and added that the PA will fail in the UN.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/18/2011, 1:38 PM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet Sunday he will meet with President Barack Obama this week and added that the Palestinian Authority will fail to win full recognition from the United Nations.

He said the meeting with the president will take place after he addresses the United Nations General Assembly.

Obama's promise to veto any United Nations Security Council motion to recommend full membership status of the Palestinian Authority has reearned him some lost Jewish support, according to recent polls.

A high-profile meeting with the Prime Minister, in an atmosphere different from previous tense meetings, might help President Obama bounce back a bit from record-breaking lows in popularity, although the economic situation in the United States is voters' main worry.

”The UN is not a place where Israel wins praise, but I think that it is important that I go there in order to represent both the State of Israel and the truth – and the truth is that Israel wants peace and the truth is that the Palestinians are doing everything to torpedo direct peace negotiations,” the Prime Minister said.

He cast on Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas all of the blame for the failure to engage in direct talks with Israel for two years.

“They have ignored every proposal that I have made, both in my [2009] Bar-Ilan speech and in my speech to the US Congress" last May, Prime Minister Netanyahu asserted.

“They have avoided coming to direct negotiations after this government made an unprecedented decision to freeze new construction in the communities. For 10 months, they simply were unwilling to come and negotiate. They need to understand that, despite their current attempt to again overturn the negotiations by going to the UN, peace will be achieved only through direct negotiations.

“Their attempt to be accepted as a member of the UN will fail. The Palestinians' attempt to be accepted as a member of the UN is what they declared – one year ago – as their objective; this is what Abu Mazen [Abbas] recently declared as a goal. This attempt will fail. It will fail because it must go through the UN Security Council….”

Concerning a non-binding resolution, he pointed out, “The UN also has the General Assembly in which almost any decision can be passed.  It is possible to decide there that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, and this would pass there. But it has neither the same weight nor the same importance. This is not the Palestinians' avowed goal. Even there it is possible that there will be various actions in their regard.  We are coordinating our efforts with those of the US and with other important countries, in Europe and beyond.”

He said he will address the General Assembly “and present our truth…– the fact that we are not foreigners in this country [and] that we have rights in this country that go [back] 'only' 4,000 years….

“In my opinion, after the dust settles and after everything that is happening at the UN, in the end, the Palestinians will regain their composure, I hope, and will shelve these moves that are designed to bypass negotiations. They will return to the table in order to achieve peace and security both for us and our neighbors."