"The Palestinian momentum towards September has been halted. Unilateralism means confrontation and provocation."
Communicated by the Bureau of Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon
Wednesday, 15 June 2011, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon met with Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni and Stefano Stefani, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. During the meetings Ayalon discussed many issues of relevance to both Italy and Israel, including the Palestinian threat to seek United Nations recognition in September.
"During the last couple of weeks I have met many politicians and leaders from across four continents and I can say that the Palestinian momentum towards September has been halted," Ayalon said. "More and more nations are rejecting Palestinian objectionism and recalcitrance and calling for a return to negotiations as the only path to peace. Unilateralism means confrontation and provocation."
"The mask is slowly slipping from the Palestinian face to reveal that they have no interest in peace but are rather embarking on a path to greater confrontation and conflict. They are running out of excuses to avoid the negotiating table."
The Deputy Foreign Minister is in Italy after recently travelling to the Organization of American States in El Salvador, where he met with dozens of Latin American officials. Before he left for Italy, Ayalon met with ambassadors representing countries from the African Union and the Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister. "I came away from these meetings with a sense that many share our alarm concerning the dangers of Palestinian unilateralism," Ayalon continued. "Large parts of the international community understand that premature recognition of the Palestinians rejects the basic principles of a negotiated peace. In fact, more than that, it would make the peace process moribund."