U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement regarding reports that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is pushing for the United Nations to formally recognize a Palestinian state:
"This is merely an attempt by the Palestinian Authority, supported by Hamas and other terrorist groups, to circumvent the established peace process supported by the United States.
"The Palestinian leadership has repeatedly rejected Israel's peace offers, and this bad-faith effort at the U.N. would only cast more doubt on the Palestinians' commitment to peace. The Palestinian Authority also continues to allow Hamas to launch terrorist attacks against Israel from within what would be its borders if it were made a state.
"While I was relieved that President Obama, in his remarks at the U.N., made it clear that the United States opposes the Palestinians' demands for immediate statehood, I believe the president should have been firmer in asserting that the Unites States stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel," said Vitter.