If the United Nations in September declares the Palestinian Authority to be a state, it might as well decide the world is flat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Monday.

He said Israel cannot stop the resolution from going forward and has few friends n the international body, but a veto from any member of the United Nations Security Council would block the proposal from reaching the General Assembly, whose anti-Israel majority likely would approve it.

"The General Assembly cannot take the initiative but we are ready to do our work as soon as a recommendation of the Security Council would be addressed,” Joseph Deiss, president of the General Assembly said at a recent news conference.

A recommendation for a new member of the United Nations must come from the Security Council, whose permanent members are the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia. U.S. President Barack Obama stated last week that it would be a mistake to declare the Palestinian Authority as a state without negotiations, but he has not specifically stated he would order a veto when the Arab League  proposal comes up for a vote.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Knesset committee, "There is very strong support for Israel among the American people.”

Congress members stood up 31 times with loud rounds of applause during his speech before a special session of the House of Representatives and the Senate last week.