Any Recognition By Google of “Palestine” Only Further Hampers Viable Peace Efforts Between Israel and the Palestinians, Says Ros-Lehtinen

May 7, 2013

(WASHINGTON) –U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on Google’s move to place “Palestine” under the banner of its search page for the Palestinian Territories. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Any action to recognize a non-existent ‘State of Palestine’ only reinforces a false narrative which the PA believes can actually create a state via unilateral actions, while completely evading any direct and meaningful discussions with the Israelis.

“Abu Mazen’s UN statehood scheme last November has hampered any real peace effort. Any move to recognize ‘Palestine’ by parties outside of Israel and the PA adds fire to this already complicated peace process, giving Abu Mazen and his cohorts a false sense of credibility and legitimacy. This type of misplaced recognition by corporations like Google emboldens the PA to make additional unilateral moves that will damage prospects for a negotiated settlement, and entrenches the mistrust between Israel and the PA.

“In order for there to be a real and lasting peace, there must be honest and direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. I urge those, like Google, who find themselves as part of the political discourse to reconsider the repercussions of their actions.”