Israel warns against Palestinian statehood

March 29, 2011 at 8:04 AM
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JERUSALEM, March 29 (UPI) -- The unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state by the United Nations violates the Oslo Accords and could lead to violence, Israeli officials warned.

Such a move will encourage the Palestinians to forgo negotiations with Israel and move toward recognition of statehood, Israeli diplomats told Haaretz Tuesday.

Israel informed 15 members of the United Nations Security Council and European countries if the U.N. agrees to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders at a General Assembly session in September, Israel will respond with a series of unilateral steps of its own, the newspaper reported.

Rafael Barak, the Foreign Ministry's director general, recently sent a classified cable to more than 30 Israeli embassies, directing them to lodge protests at the highest possible level in response to the Palestinian Authority's effort, the paper said.

Sources in the Foreign Ministry said while a formal response to such a move has not been formally discussed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his cabinet, a number of ideas have been articulated, including the possibility of applying Israeli law to the West Bank or annexing major settlement blocs to Israel, the paper said.

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