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December 27, 2018 2:37 pm

Israeli UN Ambassador: ‘We Are Preparing to Stop’ Palestinian Bid for Full Membership

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Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. Photo: UN Photo / Loey Felipe.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said on Thursday his country was “preparing to stop” a Palestinian bid to become a full member state at the global institution.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced the initiative on Wednesday, saying the PA would petition the UN Security Council on the issue in January.

The Palestinians made a similar attempt in 2011.

In a statement on Thursday, Danon said, “Even as it continues to pay salaries to terrorists every month, encourage ‎violence and lead an unrelenting campaign of incitement against Israel, ‎the Palestinian Authority has the audacity to ask the Security Council to ‎recognize it as a full member state of the United Nations.”

“Instead of ‎focusing on building a better and more hopeful future for the Palestinians ‎and helping to ensure stability in the region, the Palestinian leadership is ‎continuing its destructive policies that have encouraged recent terror ‎attacks, including the murder of the four-day-old baby, Amiad Yisrael ‎‎(z”l),” Danon added.

“We are preparing to stop the initiative,” he went on to say. “The ‎Palestinians pay terrorists and encourage violence yet seek to become ‎a member state of the United Nations.”

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