Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) criticized the United Nations General Assembly vote to grant "non-member observer" status to the Palestinian National Authority. Nadler, a longtime supporter of a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, issued the following statement:
"Today's vote at the United Nations will unfortunately do nothing to advance the cause of peace between Israelis and Palestinians or to create two secure states. My longstanding belief is that peace and security will never be achieved unilaterally, but only through committed two-party negotiations. Only direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations can result in a viable two-state solution -- with an independent Palestinian state established with adequate and agreed upon security guarantees for Israel. I truly hope that we can soon return to good faith, bilateral negotiations. I commend President Obama and Ambassador Rice for their thoughtful opposition to today's misguided approach to peace-building."