Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) issued the following statement regarding the United Nations General Assembly's vote to adopt a resolution granting "Palestine" (the Palestine Liberation Organization) the status of non-member observer state at the UN:
"The United Nation's decision to recognize the non-existent Palestinian state (the Palestine Liberation Organization) as a non-member observer state is reckless and irresponsible. As rockets rained over Israel from Gaza and took the lives of innocent Israelis, the PLO President Abu Mazen did not condemn the attacks, instead he congratulated Hamas for its efforts to murder Israeli civilians. This recognition of the PLO will not only be detrimental to our ally Israel, but it will have far reaching consequences for Middle East peace and stability in the region. It is incredibly disappointing that so many nations in the UN decided to support the Palestinian statehood scheme, instead of supporting a bilateral, two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. The only way to achieve true, lasting peace is through direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel. We need to stand with our ally Israel and no taxpayer dollars should be given to the PLO."