2011-09-23 / Top Stories

Turner Turns Down Palestinian Homeland

By Howard Schwach

One of the major issues in the recent special election campaign was support for the state of Israel.

Former Mayor Ed Koch and others tied Democratic Candidate David Weprin, an Orthodox Jew, to the Middle East policies of President Barack Obama, who had called for Israel to go back to its pre-1967 borders.

Turner claimed that Obama, and by extension, Weprin, was soft on the issue of Israeli security. Now that he has been elected, Turner is backing up his words. On Tuesday, Turner issued a statement on the proposal to unilaterally create a Palestinian state. “The Palestinian Authority has not acted as a responsible partner for peace with Israel. It continues to pay – with U.S. dollars – terrorists in Israeli prisons convicted of murdering Israeli civilians, and it has done nothing to stop the incessant shelling of Israeli towns. I continue to believe that all U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority be halted until these matters are addressed,” Turner said. “Statehood, which can only happen under the terms of the Oslo Accord, is out of the question at this time. If the United Nations truly wants to stand up against terrorism, it has an obligation to deny this request.”

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