Israel’s envoy to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, does not mince words in explaining why Israel opposes the Palestinian’s statehood gambit.
Speaking to Channel 2, Prosor says the vote at the General Assembly will accomplish nothing but show that the UN wants to give the Palestinians “a prize for terror.”
“There is no other way than direct talks,” he says. “An independent Palestine will not be created by the UN.”
Prosor adds that Europe may think it is helping the Palestinians, but in fact was pushing them further from real peace and independence.
The idea has been a theme of Israeli talking points, as Jerusalem seeks to convince the world that the Palestinians must negotiate with Israel for a two-state solution and not bypass them via the UN.
Prosor is scheduled to address the General Assembly after Abbas, shortly after 3 p.m. New York time. But he no doubt realizes that he will be coming up against a near tsunami of support for the Palestinians. Some 150 countries are expected to vote yes on the motion, with five voting no and the rest abstaining.
In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Prosor said UN members should think twice about supporting the Palestinians, who he said were not ready for a state.