Poland PM: Israel's Security Must Not Be Threatened by Palestinian State

Poland, which currently heads the EU, has been urging the EU to work out a joint stance on the Palestinian UN statehood bid.

Current European Union president Poland says that Israeli security must not be threatened should any change occur in the Middle East due to the Palestinian bid for statehood.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday that his country's position on the bid depends on the wording of the United Nations resolution on Palestinian statehood. He noted Poland's decades-long good relations with the Arab nations, and especially with the Palestinians.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk September 12, 2011 (Reuters)

But he said that Poland will be "tough" in making sure that no changes in the region can threaten Israel's security.

Poland has been urging the 27-nation European Union to work out a joint stance on the Palestinian bid.

In an address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama will publicly push for the Palestinians to drop their bid and return to direct peace talks.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took off on Tuesday for New York to attend the UN General Assembly. Netanyahu is to meet today with Obama after the latter addresses the General Assembly. Netanyahu is to address the General Assembly Friday, a short time after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivers his speech.

A few hours before leaving for Ben-Gurion International Airport, Netanyahu organized a support meeting of Likud lawmakers, to which Likud mayors were also invited. "I know the reception here is much warmer than the one I'll receive at the UN General Assembly, and precisely for that reason I think it's important to go there and present our truth," Netanyahu told the group.