Over 150 Italian MPs from all the political parties have signed a document calling on the international community to oppose the Palestinian Authority’s bid for a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian State at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

The document calls for a rapid resumption of negotiations between the Israeli and the Palestinian Authority, aimed at reaching a peace based on mutual agreement.

“We, members of the Italian Parliament, strongly reaffirm our commitment to a peaceful and negotiated resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the principle of two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security,” write the MPs.

“Indeed, a premature, unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood would not only undermine rather than resolve the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but would constitute a standing affront to the integrity of the United Nations, international agreements, and international law,” they add. “We believe that unilateralism will violate international legality and will harm the value of treaties among people.”

The MPs further note that UN unilateral recognition would effectively constitute recognition of the terror group Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip. Finally, they note, “the Palestinian Authority does not meet the traditional test for statehood – particularly the test of effective government – such that a premature and unilateral recognition of an ‘unripe’ Palestinian state could have a prejudicial effect on other regional conflicts.

“Accordingly,” they conclude, “we ask that you reaffirm the commitment of Italy to a negotiated solution to the conflict and to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Only an immediate return to negotiations based on the principle of mutual recognition will ensure the establishment of a just and lasting peace.”

A similar letter has been presented in several countries worldwide by the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians, chaired by Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein.

Be sure to click here and sign the White House petition calling upon Obama to VETO the unilateral declaration!

For full article: Israel National News