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Ex-Israeli Ambassador: Palestinians Intensify Statehood Push at UN

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 10:23 AM

If enough countries don’t side with Israel at the United Nations Security Council in voting against statehood for the Palestinians, it will start an avalanche of one-sided resolutions and unilateralism, according to Danny Ayalon, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States. Ayalon appeared Tuesday on Newsmax TV’s "America’s Forum."

The New York Times reports that the Palestinian Authority is pressing for a Security Council resolution setting a time frame for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and East Jerusalem and for recognition of Palestine as a state.

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"Unfortunately, I'm not very much surprised by the new move of the Palestinians," Ayalon said. "They have been trying for years now to isolate Israel, to condemn it and they use a very convenient platform for them, which is the United Nations and other international bodies, because they have this automatic Arab and Muslim majority, but this has always stopped short at the Security Council because of the American position and veto."

"Now, we see a real campaign, very intensive campaign lately by the Palestinians. We saw it in Europe, now we see it in the Security Council and I hope that there will be enough countries who will not let it happen because it's not only going to be not constructive, not going to help one bit neither the Palestinians or the Israelis."

Secretary of State John Kerry has been "non-committal" in discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ayalon said, a position that Ayalon characterized as "unfortunate."

"The United States has always been the indispensable country," he said, pointing out that the U.S. and Israel are "natural allies" based on interests, strategic outlook and values.

Ayalon clarified for host J.D. Hayworth what he sees as the difference between a diplomatic initiative and a diplomatic attack: "Trying to really sort out the differences together in an honest way, this would be a good diplomatic initiative, but if you try to force somebody, something, on the other side without taking any concern of the other side's interest then it can just backlash and … backfire."

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On the subject of Iran and ongoing negotiations about nuclear proliferation, the U.S., and the world, is missing "an opportunity of historic proportion" by not demanding that the Iranians dismantle their nuclear weapons program in its entirety, he said.

The Iranians are the "culprits," according to Ayalon, "the ones who breached any of their commitments on the no proliferation treaty and in breach of Security Council resolutions. There is no issue here of negotiations, but of demand."

"Secondly, Iran is on the verge of an economic collapse because of the sanctions. Instead of pushing, we're giving them more leeway by sanctions just for suspension and that was a mistake. There's still room to correct that, especially now with oil prices going so much down. Iran could really be much more pliable now because the ayatollahs as irrational, crazy and radical as they are, they're not irrational when it comes to their own political survival. Now is the time to push and get a good agreement."

It is surely with the backing of the ayatollahs that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is presenting a moderate face to the U.S. and the world in order to "tempt the West to get an agreement which is not conclusive, which means suspension of their capabilities, so at any time in the future at their will, they can run, become a threshold country and make a breakthrough for a nuclear bomb," Ayalon said.

Allowing that to happen would be devastating for Israel and the entire Middle East in addition to other U.S. allies, Europe and to the U.S. itself, he continued.

As natural allies with so many intertwined interests, it’s imperative that the current strained relationship between President Barack Obama and Netanyahu be repaired, Ayalon said.

"The prism or what the world sees is the relationship at the top and the perception of daylight."

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