Washington, Sep 23 -

Ultimately, the only way we get lasting peace is if the Palestinians and Israelis work it out between themselves. The Palestinians going to the UN is a distraction that helps no one and makes lasting peace even harder to attain. It does not solve any of the key sticking points: not borders, not right of return, and not the status of Jerusalem. Instead, it gives Palestinians the false hope that some international declaration will immediately change their quality of life. It wonít. The U.S. came too late to this fight but it is no surprise that the anti-Israel UN passed this resolution. It was just one more chance for the UN to show its bigotry against Israel. Israel has offered time and again to return to the negotiating table with no preconditions- if the Palestinians are serious about peace, they will do the same.