P.A. Statehood Bid Meant to Destroy Israel?

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- With diplomatic lines drawn, the world is expecting a United Nations showdown next week when the Palestinian Authority is expected to ask to join the U.N. as a member state based on 1967 borders.

To drive the point home, one Palestinian group built a chair similar to the ones at the U.N.

"Palestine now have every right to become a full nation, to have our independence, and to have our full membership in the United Nations," the group declared. 

They might have a chair, but it remains to be seen if the Palestinian Authority will get a seat at the U.N. table. 

But Palestinian expert Pinchas Inbari told CBN News that based on communications he has monitored of both Hamas and Fatah, the P.A. is telling a different story.

Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., spoke more about the pending United Nations showdown on "The 700 Club," Sept. 15. Click play to watch. 

"They want to be recognized as ending the conflict of '67 by confirming the '67 borders and then to step forward to claim the '47 borders of the partition plan," Inbari said.

The 1967 borders are based on the lines following Israel's War of Independence in 1949. But they're different from the 1947 borders created by the U.N. partition plan called Resolution 181. The resolution created a Jewish state and an Arab state. 

Pinchas believes even if the U.N. approves a state based on the 1967 borders, it's not the end of the story.      
"There is a consensus that we are now on the stage of the destruction of Israel," he stated.

For example, Ahmad Abu Ruteima, a Hamas activist in Gaza wrote:  "The struggle is about the very existence of Israel and not about the 1967 borders."

But such sentiments haven't just been uttered in private but in a documentary recently aired on official Palestinian Authority television.

"We are drawing our new maps," one person in the documentary said. "When they [Israelis] disappear from the picture, like a forgotten chapter in the pages of our city's history, we will build it anew. The Mughrabi Quarter will be built here (on the Western Wall Plaza)."

Itamar Marcus, who monitors official Palestinian media controlled by P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas, has heard a consistent message. 

"Everything that he controls -- books, his media, his religious leaders, his ministers in government -- are all saying the war is a religious war until the end of Israel," Marcus said. 

As the nations of the world prepare to vote for a Palestinian state, Inbari says they might not realize what they're voting for.  

"They don't know what the Palestinians are talking among themselves. It's all about abolishing the state of Israel. This is the target," Inbari told CBN News. 

It remains to be seen how the situation will play out, but it's likely the U.N. showdown would be only the first step, not the last in another chapter of Israel's struggle to survive. 

Meanwhile, Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., a staunch supporter of Israel, is preparing to introduce a House bill defending Israel's right to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank.  

"We've got what I consider to be a potential slap in the face coming up with the vote in the U.N., which is absolutely outrageous," Walsh told POLITICO.  "It's clear that the United States needs to make a very strong statement.

"I would argue that the president should make this statement, but he's not capable of making it," he added. "So, the House needs to make this statement."

"If the [Palestinian Authority] continues down this road of trying to get recognition of statehood, the U.S. will not stand for it," Walsh said. "And we will respect Israel's right to annex Judea and Samaria."

*Orignal broadcast Sept. 15, 2011.

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