U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement in response to the United Nations' vote yesterday to change the Palestinians' status at the U.N. to non-member observer state"
"Yesterday's vote in the U.N. General Assembly to change the status of the Palestinians is a further blow to the peace process," Sen. Moran said. "Peace cannot be achieved by votes in the U.N.; it can only be achieved by the Palestinians sitting down and negotiating directly with the Israelis as called for in previous agreements. If the Palestinians wish to establish a sovereign state, they must first recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept Israel's historical connection to the land."