At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo said, “The only place where permanent status issues can be resolved, including borders and territory, is in negotiations between the parties—not in international fora such as the United Nations.” DiCarlo went on to call attention to the terrorist actions of Hamas as a road block to lasting peace in the area.
“We commend Ambassador DiCarlo for her clear statements against unilateral declaration,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “This reaffirmation of the United States’ stance against a unilaterally declared Palestinian state at the United Nations will hopefully inspire other nations in the world body to recognize the need for direct, bilateral negotiations as the only way to achieve peace.”
The Palestinians seek to make an end-run around direct talks by this attempt to force recognition of a Palestinian state, the result of which can only be a prescription for a perpetuation of the conflict. Foisting a declaration of statehood at the U.N. will only further isolate Israel and continue to marginalize its status in the world body.
DiCarlo also called for the release of Gilad Shalit, who has been held captive by Hamas for more than five years. She also mentioned recent rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza as a clear indication of the need for security measures surrounding transports to Gaza.
“The United States recognizes that the only way forward is for the Palestinians to meet Israel at the negotiating table,” B’nai B’rith Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “The threats facing Israel are too great to leave to a forced and uncertain ‘peace’ to ensure safety and security for Israeli citizens.”