JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called today's expected decision by the U.N. General Assembly "meaningless."
"This is a meaningless decision that will not change anything on the ground," Netanyahu said, adding that "there will be no establishment of a Palestinian state without a settlement that ensures the security of Israel's citizens."
Netanyahu said he will not allow "a base for Iranian terrorism to be established in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] in addition to those that have [already] been established in Gaza and Lebanon."
"The way to peace between Jerusalem and Ramallah is in direct negotiations, without preconditions, and not in one-sided U.N. decisions. By going to the U.N., the Palestinians have violated the agreements with Israel and Israel will act accordingly," he concluded.
Speaking earlier ahead of the General Assembly vote, Netanyahu said no U.N. decision can break the thousands year-old bond between the people and the land of Israel.
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Israel has fought against the move in the international community, but there are only a handful of countries guaranteed to vote against it, including the United States, Canada, Micronesia and Germany.
"Israel is prepared to live in peace with a Palestinian state, but for peace to endure, Israel's security must be protected," Netanyahu said in a speech at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center on Thursday. "The Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state and they must be prepared to end the conflict with Israel once and for all."
Netanyahu said Israel cannot accept the Palestinian resolution before the General Assembly on Thursday because its devoid of the "vital interests of peace."
He said the only way to achieve a peace agreement is through valid negotiations between the parties and not through U.N. resolutions that ignore Israel's security and national interests. He added the resolution actually pushes peace backwards.
"As for the rights of the Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today: No decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel," Netanyahu said, referring to the Jewish people's history in the land.