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Ban Reversal: Tells PA Not to Seek UN Membership
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In a surprising reversal, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that the Palestinian Authority should not pursue its plan to be recognized as a member state of the United Nations. Now that the PA has been accepted into UNESCO, the Authority's leadership should be satisfied with that achievement. Anything beyond that, Ban said, will not be beneficial for Palestine and not be beneficial for anybody.

Ban, speaking before a meeting of the G20 industrialized nations in Paris, specified the reason for his change of heart; the financial hit the U.N. took when UNESCO approved the PA's membership. The U.S. and Canada have cut off funds to the organization, instantly lowering its operating budget by nearly 30%. No other countries have stepped up to fill in the financial gap and Ban, the observers said, has gotten an unpleasant reminder of how important the United States is to the international organization. The U.S. had been set to forward $64 million to UNESCO next month, but that money will no longer be forthcoming, as a result of Washington's cutoff of funds.

Ban said that any further efforts by the PA to ensconce itself in U.N. organizations as a vehicle to achieve international recognition of the state it seeks to establish in Judea, Samaria, and most of Jerusalem, could impact the lives of millions of people, who will no longer receive funding for their needs and will suffer because of the actions of the Palestinians.

This is a man who has encouraged the Palestinians with all their wildest political plans until now, and because his organization is going to miss out on some money, he has thrown away all the high-sounding principles he espoused when he was able to freely spend American money any way he wanted, said one Israeli source. It's perhaps not surprising that he would say this, as he needs to worry about the organization, but so quickly? Could he not line up other donors to cover the American shortfall?

ut oh. And now that an NGO declared that the PA does not meet statehood requirements for UNESCO membership it could mean that Abbas' bid for UN recoginition is going to be over before it started.
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