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McCarthy Says U.N. Recognition of "Virtual Palestinian State' Undermines True Peace


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4) said today's vote by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state undermines true peace and is appalling given the recent terrorist attacks on Israel coming from Palestinian-held land. She issued the following statement:

"Today's U.N. vote to recognize a virtual Palestinian state undermines true peace with Israel, when only through direct negotiations with Israel can the Palestinians achieve a fully-recognized state with agreed-upon borders.

"It's especially appalling that this unilateral, backdoor attempt at statehood comes just days after hundreds of rockets launched from Gaza towards Israeli cities -- terrorist attacks that the Palestinian Authority failed to stop before bringing its people to the brink of war.

"We must stand up to reject violence and terrorism and support only a mutual agreement to statehood through direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians themselves. I strongly oppose today's vote and urge my colleagues to do the same."

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