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Franks' Statement on Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) issued the following statement regarding reports that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' intends to request full membership in the United Nations at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council this week in New York:

"The Palestinian National Authority, which maintains active relations with terrorist groups like Hamas, is seeking to be recognized as a legitimate state through an underhanded unilateral declaration of independence by the United Nations. Whatever the outcome, the implications pose grave danger to the peace and security of Israel and the Middle East. If the Obama Administration had stepped up to the plate many months ago, when Palestinian leaders were first formulating their plan to seek statehood by circumventing actual talks with Israel, we would not find ourselves facing what is now a no-win circumstance.

"Unfortunately, we are dealing with an Administration that has adopted a borderline policy of open antagonism toward Israel, our closest and most reliable ally. Most recently, the Administration has suggested that Israel should compromise its own national security by returning to its 1967 borders. Astonishingly, this President has expressed more open rebuke toward Israel for building homes in their capital city of Jerusalem than he has toward a Jihadist Iranian dictator for building nuclear weapons and specifically threatening to wipe Israel off the map.

"Mr. Obama somehow fails to realize that carving up Israel such that it is bordered by yet another terrorist state will NOT contribute to peace in the region. Perhaps we should not now be surprised that the best response the Administration can muster to this potential diplomatic catastrophe is a last-minute scramble of chaotic unpreparedness."

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