Netanyahu: Unilateral Declaration of Palestinian State Will Create Negotiation Impasse

Prime Minister Benjamin meets with President of EU Parliament Jerzy Buzek in Jerusalem; Buzek calls on Natanyahu to renew talks with Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the President of the EU Parliament to oppose a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood in a meeting in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

EU Parlaiment President Jerzy Buzek called on Netanyahu to renew talks with the Palestinians, saying that Europe views this to be of particular importance in light of a growing Iranian threat, according to an Israel Radio report.


Netanyahu responded to Buzek's entreaties, the report said, saying that if in September the United Nation accepts the Palestinians' bid for statehood, it will be very difficult to make the necessary compromises needed for negotiations to proceed.

The prime minister then implored Buzek, the report said, to encourage 30 or even up to 50 UN-member states to oppose the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu warned the EU Parliament chief that in the event that Iran develops nuclear weapons the entire world order will change, and Israel needs Europe's support to prevent this possibility from becoming a reality.

Earlier Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed similar sentiments to those of Netanyahu, saying that Palestinian efforts to seek United Nations recognition of their state are counter-productive.

While Germany supports the two-state solution and the right of the Palestinian people to build their own state, "the German government believes unilateral steps could be counter productive," he told reporters in Ramallah.

"We think negotiations are the right way," he said.