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Jay Sekulow: Solve Palestinian Issue With Dialog, Not UN

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 06:49 PM

The Palestinians' failed attempt to establish statehood is another transparent attempt to pull the rug out from under Israel — and not the last, says Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

"The Palestinian Authority, rather than continuing negotiations with Israel about border issues and statehood, instead decided to go to the United Nations," Sekulow said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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The United States' and Australia's no votes helped put the kibosh on U.N. recognition of Palestinian statehood, but by only one vote.

"They were only one vote away from carrying the day, and there are new parties now on the Security Council, so things can be very different," Sekulow said.

"[But the vote] did nothing but bring back the fact that we're very far away from any meaningful dialogue . . . It's very hard to have a dialogue when the person you're supposed to be dialoging with is calling for your extinction.

"This idea that there would be any substantive discussions, to me, is mind-boggling to begin with."

Sekulow, author of "Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can't Ignore," written with Jordan Sekulow, Robert Ash and David French and published by Howard Books — said that recent talk of a possible prisoner swap between Iran and the U.S. government is just talk for now.

"Prisoner swaps are not uncommon . . . What we do know is that the State Department tells us that they bring up this situation for Pastor Saeed [Abedini] as the discussions are going forward," he said.

"But as far as we know, the Iranians have not responded. We've had multiparty negotiations with various government entities seeking his release. Obviously, we're not letting any stone go unturned, but the truth is, this is the third Christmas the pastor has been away from his family."

Abedini, 34, of Boise, Idaho, was imprisoned in Iran in September 2012 on charges of endangering national security. But his supporters say he was in Iran working to build an orphanage with the permission of the Iranian government.

Sekulow's group is a conservative Christian law firm based in Washington, D.C.

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