Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be attending the UN next week, and although he will not be addressing the UN General Assembly, he has stated Palestine's attempt to gain statehood as "not helpful...":
“We view this unilateral action on behalf of the Palestinian Authority to be not helpful,” Harper said during a stop in Saskatoon.
“No unilateral actions like this are helpful in terms of establishing a long-run peace in the Middle East. Canada views the action as very regrettable and we will be opposing it at the United Nations.” (more here)
This in the days before the contentious vote, which is merely the latest attempt by the Palestinian Authority to gain legitimacy on the world stage, and avoid genuine negotiations for a lasting peace with Israel.
Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to meet next week with US President Obama, who also promises to veto any bid by PA within the UN:
Netanyahu to Meet with ObamaPrime Minister Netanyahu told the Cabinet Sunday he will meet with President Obama this week, and added that the PA will fail in the UN.By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet Sunday he will meet with President Barack Obama this week and added that the Palestinian Authority will fail to win full recognition from the United Nations.
He said the meeting with the president will take place after he addresses the United Nations General Assembly.
Obama's promise to veto any United Nations Security Council motion to recommend full membership status of the Palestinian Authority has reearned him some lost Jewish support, according to recent polls.
A high-profile meeting with the Prime Minister, in an atmosphere different from previous tense meetings, might help President Obama bounce back a bit from record-breaking lows in popularity, although the economic situation in the United States is voters' main worry.
”The UN is not a place where Israel wins praise, but I think that it is important that I go there in order to represent both the State of Israel and the truth – and the truth is that Israel wants peace and the truth is that the Palestinians are doing everything to torpedo direct peace negotiations,” the Prime Minister said....
Read more at Israel National News here.