Senator Disagrees with UN Palestinian State

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Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that a United Nations declaration of a Palestinian State would do "more harm than good."

The South Carolina Republican told reporters in Jerusalem that attempts by the Palestinians to seek unilateral recognition for an independent state at the United Nations in September is the wrong process.

"I think the prime minister very much understands that the action in the United Nations is off base. Israel's not the problem. The Palestinian State needs to come about in a way that will ensure the security of Israel," Graham said.

"Who runs the Palestinian State? Who represents the Palestinian people? Wouldn't you want to know that if you're pushing for a resolution?" he continued. "So to our allies out there that think that some kind of U.N. sanctioning of the Palestinian State is going to solve all the problems,I think that you are doing more damage than you are doing good."

Graham is heading a bipartisan delegation to the Middle East and Belgium.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to address Congress in Washington next month.

Graham said he thinks Netanyahu will reaffirm a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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