Israel PM: Palestinians won’t make compromises if demands are met

June 15, 2011


Netanyahu tells Jerzy Buzek at least 30 UN states should oppose Palestinian statehood bid; US, EU officials in Israel work to stop UN move; source close to PM: Stopping Hamas-Fatah unity deal key to resuming talks.

If the Palestinians obtain all of their requests and the UN General Assembly recognizes a Palestinian state, it will be difficult to get the Palestinian leadership to accept necessary compromises in peace negotiations, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday night.

Netanyahu made the comments during a meeting with President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek in Jerusalem.

he prime minister said 30, and perhaps even 50, UN member states should be convinced to oppose the recognition of a unilateral Palestinian state.

After the meeting, Buzek said that the EU is interested in restarting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and emphasized that such negotiations are important for Europe also because of the threat emanating from Iran.

Netanyahu warned that if Iran develops nuclear weapons, the world will change and in order for this scenario not to happen, Israel needs Europe’s support.

Earlier Tuesday, American and European officials were in Israel in a strong push to jumpstart the stalled peace process and thereby prevent Palestinian unilateralstatehood at the United Nations in September.

“We want to use the next weeks and the next months to prevent such a difficult situation in the United Nations. This is our goal and this is what we work for,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

He spoke at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with his counterpart Avidgor Lieberman, after meeting together. Earlier he met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and he met with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah. Westerwelle also held a phone conversation with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

“We do not support unilateral steps. We think unilateral steps would be counter-productive so we ask everyone not to go on this path. We think unilateral steps are not helpful,” said Westerwelle.

He added that such moves do not improve regional security and imperil the peace process. “We want a two-state solution, but it has to come from direct negotiations,” he said.

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