Israel regrets Palestinian bid for UN membership

UNITED NATIONS — Israel said on Friday it regrets that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has handed over a request to the United Nations to admit Palestine as a full member state.

By (AFP)

Published: Fri 23 Sep 2011, 10:25 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:42 AM

“We regret the step... The only way to Palestinian statehood is through negotiations,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Gidi Shmerling told AFP.

“We believe that the only path to true peace is through negotiations and not unilateral steps,” he added.

Abbas submitted the request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in defiance of intensive efforts by the United States and the European Union seeking to avoid the move which they fear could deal a fresh blow to the faltering Middle East peace efforts.

The Palestinian president addressed the UN General Assembly just before an expected speech from the Israeli premier.

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