In testimony to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on May
30, Netanyahu said Israel could not stop any resolution in the General
Assembly, Middle East Newsline reported. But he said any formal recognition of a Palestinian state would
require approval by the Security Council.
"No one can stop the United Nations General Assembly from recognizing
the Palestinian state in September," Netanyahu said. "The UN can also adopt
a resolution that the world is flat."
The United States has already indicated that it would veto any
resolution for Palestinian independence. President Barack Obama said any
such resolution would not lead to the unilateral establishment of a
Palestinian state in the West Bank.
"I told the president that we cannot accept the 1967 lines," Netanyahu
The intelligence community, however, envisioned heavy international
pressure on Israel over the next few months. Officials said dozens of
states, including those in the European Union, would threaten to recognize
the Palestinian state unless Israel concedes to the demands of the
"It is important to prepare for the tsunami of September," Defense
Minister Ehud Barak said. "The complexity of September has not disappeared.
We need internal unity, and we'll be stronger if we cross our hands