Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon tells Newsmax that Palestinians seeking statehood at the United Nations want a “rubber stamp to their capricious conduct” — and says the U.N. won’t solve anything “the parties themselves do not solve.”
He also asserts that Muslim nations have “hijacked” the world body, says Israel may have to wait for “more sensible” Palestinian leadership before pursing the peace process, and warns that a nuclear Iran would “change the world order forever.”
Ayalon served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2002 to 2006, and was a member of the Israeli delegation at the 2000 Camp David Summit.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Ayalon was asked why the United Nations should not recognize a Palestinian state.
“Because it will make a mockery of international conduct and traditions,” he says. “South Sudan is the latest country to join the U.N. How did they join the U.N.? After they finished bilateral negotiations. Then they brought it to the United Nations.
“So by trying to put this process on its head, I believe not only Israelis and Palestinians will suffer, but any conflict in the world will become much more intransigent. The U.N. cannot solve anything that the parties themselves do not solve.”
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Ayalon says that while the Security Council won’t pass a statehood resolution, “unfortunately in the General Assembly there is an automatic majority for the Palestinians, and they use it and abuse it. They have 22 Arab countries, 57 Islamic countries, and unaligned developing countries that need the Arab oil or wealth. So this automatic majority may affect the security of the Middle East and beyond.”
As for Israel’s options if the Palestinians proceed with their statehood effort, Ayalon says: “If this happens we will have to reconsider our steps. We are not beholden to the obligations according to the [Israeli-Palestinian] agreements. The Palestinians broke these agreements, and we will have to take action according to our interests.
“We may have to wait until there is more reasonable and more sensible leadership on the Palestinian side.”
Asked if Israel gets a “fair shake” at the United Nations, Ayalon responds: “Of course not. The United Nations is not a level playing field because they have been hijacked by Palestinians, Arabs, and other Muslim countries. You see how much condemnation there is to Israel and none almost to Saudi Arabia, to Iran, to Cuba, to Libya, to Syria. It’s a mockery.”
The number one priority for Israel now “is to continue the peace process with the Palestinians,” Ayalon adds.
“We call upon the Palestinians to stop this unilateral effort and come to the table. We have been waiting for them.
“What has derailed the peace process is the refusal of the Palestinians to come forward and sit with us without preconditions.
“They keep saying no. They’ve always wanted everything, and this approach of all or nothing is the main stumbling block today. And for the U.N. to accept this approach of all or nothing, because they use their automatic majority, not only is it a blow to the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, it’s also a blow to the image of the United Nations, because if the Palestinians can render the United Nations a rubber stamp to their capricious conduct, this may bode ill for other parties, for other conflicts around the world.”
While acknowledging Israel’s difficulties with the Palestinians, Ayalon says that the greatest threat to his country is Iran.
“Still, with everything else that goes on, Iran is the single most dangerous threat not just to Israel but to the entire international community.
“A nuclear Iran would change the world order forever and it would be a direct threat to all of us, in Europe, in America, and anywhere else.
“Secondly, the Iranians are trying to hijack all the revolutions in the Arab world and to turn them into an Islamic revolution the same way they did in Tehran in 1979. We cannot afford another Iran in the world.”
Asked if Israel would consider a preemptive military strike against Iran, Ayalon says simply: “I think it is understood that Iran cannot be nuclear.
“I believe that all steps should be taken and I think Iran can be stopped with economic and political steps. If the international community would step up the pressure on Iran, then we won’t have to talk about other options.”
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