Bolton: UN Approval for Palestinian State Is a 'Fantasy'

Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 04:25 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says the Palestinians’ push for the U.N. to vote on their statehood is a “fantasy effort” and a result of the Obama administration’s “incompetent diplomacy.” Bolton also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Monday if the Palestinians go to the U.N. General Assembly for approval after the expected U.S. veto in the Security Council, the move should be ignored.
“If I were Israel and/or the United States I wouldn’t pay any attention to a General Assembly resolution — the General Assembly could vote this week to make Disneyland a state — it wouldn’t have any more impact outside of the hall for Palestine or Disneyland,” Bolton said. “The General Assembly does not have authority to make these decisions — this is purely theatrical and people ought to treat it that way.”

Van Susteren asked whether a failed Palestinian effort for statehood at the U.N. could escalate Middle East violence.

“The Palestinians — in a way the Palestinian leadership, I should say — in a way are making a threat here that either you give us what we want, or our people will go into the streets,” Bolton said. “My response is: That is not a way to deal . . . by wandering the corridors of the United Nations.

“It is a fantasy effort and it ought to be treated that way,” he continued. “The United States could have stopped this a long time ago — I put a lot of blame here on the Obama administration’s incompetent diplomacy.”

Van Susteren noted that the Obama administration is doing everything it can to prevent a Security Council vote; Bolton disagreed.

“I would do what we did in the first Bush administration in 1989 when the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] did the same thing that the Palestinians are trying to do now,” Bolton said.

“And I would tell the other 190 plus members of the United Nations: If you vote for a declaration of Palestinian statehood, the United States will defund the United Nations, period, close quote,” he said.

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