Congressman Crowley Criticizes Demand for Unilateral UN Recognition of Palestinian State

September 23, 2011
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) issued the following statement in response to the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral attempt for recognition of statehood under the United Nations (UN): 

“Instead of working to achieve the peace that is so desperately needed, the Palestinian Authority’s demand for UN recognition of statehood today appears to be a setup aimed at backing Israel into a corner.

“The reality is the day after any vote by the UN, the situation on the ground will remain the same as it is today. In fact, the only change that will result is a further erosion of trust – and for good reason. Today’s action by the Palestinian Authority is more about attempting to provoke Israel than creating genuine conditions for peace.

“This is not a time for games – it is a time for sincere discussions on how to achieve real and lasting peace.”

Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and is a chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.