Israel to U.N.: State Declaration Won't Bring Peace

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Israeli U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor told U.N. Security Council members on Tuesday the Palestinian Authority's unilateral bid for statehood would not bring peace.

"I speak before this Council today as a proud representative of the Jewish state and the Jewish people -- a people whose bond to the Land of Israel extends back 3,000 years," Prosor explained. "It is where we began and where we have been reborn, realizing the dreams of our forefathers to be a free people in our own land."

"Our nation seeks a lasting peace in which the Palestinians will have their own state, alongside -- but not instead of -- the Jewish State of Israel," he said.

Prosor said "unilateral actions" would not bring the peace to the region.

"Like a false idol, the Palestinian initiatives at the United Nations may be superficially attractive to some. Yet they distract the true path to peace," he said.

"Peace can only be achieved through bilateral negotiations that address the concerns of both sides. This declaration will be in violation of the bilateral agreements that are the basis for Israeli-Palestinian cooperation," Prosor said.

"For lasting peace to take hold, Israel's recognition of a future Palestinian state must be met with an equal acknowledgement that Israel is the Jewish state," he said.

To read Ambassador Prosor's full address, please click here.

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