Israel: Palestinians are doing everything to torpedo negotiations
The Palestinian attempt to be accepted as a United Nations member "will fail," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, DPA reported.
"The Palestinians are doing everything to torpedo direct peace negotiations," Netanyahu told his cabinet.
The Palestinians, he charged, avoided direct negotiations even after his government made an "unprecedented decision" to freeze new construction at West Bank settlements last year.
"For 10 months, they simply were unwilling to come and negotiate," he said.
"To be accepted as a member of the UN is what they declared - one year ago - as their objective," he said. "This attempt will fail."
The premier said he would travel to New York next week to ensure the Palestinian membership request is blocked in the Security Council, and to address the General Assembly to present his "truth."
The United States have already said it will veto the Palestinian membership request.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, however, in a televised address from Ramallah on Friday, vowed to push ahead with the UN bid.
Abbas said he would submit the application for full UN membership to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediately after his speech to the General Assembly, scheduled for Friday.
"We are going to the UN to end 63 years of injustice during which our people have lived under occupation, their rights violated while the entire world, which has created the UN to protect national rights of people, was watching."
He accused Israel of causing the deadlock in peace negotiations because it refused to further freeze construction in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
"If we get recognition, it is recognition that our state is occupied, and not disputed. Our negotiations will be between a state that is independent and one that is occupied," he said.