Erakat: American Consul General Said U.S. Will Cut Off Aid To Palestinian Authority If U.N. Bid Proceeds

A statement put out by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s office claims that U.S. Consul General Daniel Rubinstein told him that the U.S. would cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if it takes its case for statehood to the U.N. General Assembly. Rubinstein also guaranteed that Palestinian statehood would face a U.S. veto in the Security Council. Erekat said he told Rubinstein that the U.S. should reconsider and that “the right decision is to support Palestine’s membership of the UN.” The U.N. is expected to take up the issue next month.