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UN bid doomed to fail: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that next week’s bid by the Palestinians for UN membership had no chance of success and that they would ultimately seek renewed talks. “Their attempt to be accepted as a member of the United Nations will fail,” he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. “That attempt will fail, since it has to pass through the Security Council.” President Mahmud Abbas has promised Palestinians he will seek UN membership from the Security Council next Friday, despite stiff opposition from Israel and the United States, who say that only direct negotiations can resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Abbas on Sunday left neighbouring Jordan for New York, where he is to meet heads of state attending the UN General Assembly, his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told AFP. Washington, Israel’s main ally, has already announced it will use its veto to block the Palestinian bid in the Security Council. “As a result of the actions of the United States, which is working closely with us, and of other governments with which we and the Americans are working, I predict that this attempt will fail,” Netanyahu said. “In the end, after the smoke clears and after everything that happens at the UN, the Palestinians will come to their senses, I hope, drop these moves to bypass negotiations and return to the table in order to bring peace to us and our neighbours.” “There you can pass almost any resolution,” he said. “They could decide that the sun rises in the west and sinks in the east but it doesn’t have the same weight and the same importance as the Security Council.”

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