Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY 25) offered the following statement on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the United Nations today. Buerkle is a U.S.Congressional Delegate to the United Nations and a Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
"In his speech yesterday at the United Nations, President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas illustrated that Palestine is not a willing partner for peace with Israel. For a Palestinian state to exist it must come about through peaceful negotiations. As Israel has done, Palestine must show a readiness to make concessions. It is irresponsible to suggest that Israel make far reaching concessions when Palestine refuses to acknowledge the basic agreements of a treaty."
"Palestine's rejection of Israel as an independent state and their unwillingness to negotiate within the peace process should be met with consequences. U.S. funding to Palestine and the United Nations should be held in the balance if they continue to pursue this anti-peace, anti-Israel course."
"We cannot participate in any plan that allows rogue regimes to bypass negotiations and act recklessly with human life. As an ally of Israel and a promoter of peace throughout the world, the United States must mandate meaningful talks that lead to a long term solution for peace in the Middle East."