RAMALLAH, June 11 (JMCC) - A series of cables obtained by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz
show that Israel is preparing a major diplomatic offensive to combat a Palestinian statehood bid in the United Nations this fall.
The documents show the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs directing diplomats overseas to work with the leaders of their countries to try to get them to oppose a UN resolution backing Palestinian statehood.
The goal we have set is to have the maximum number of countries oppose the process of having the UN recognize a Palestinian state, Barak wrote to Israel's ambassadors in his cable, which was sent June 2. The Palestinian effort must be referred to as a process that erodes the legitimacy of the State of Israel...
The primary argument is that by pursuing this process in the UN, the Palestinians are trying to achieve their aims in a manner other than negotiations with Israel, and this violates the principle that the only route to resolving the conflict is through bilateral negotiations.
Each envoy was ordered to prepared a focused plan for the country in which he or she serves and present it to the Foreign Ministry by today, June 10.
The goal is to get the country in which you serve to vote against recognizing a Palestinian state, Barak wrote. Your plan must include approaching the most senior politicians, mobilizing the relevant force multipliers [such as local Jewish communities, nongovernmental organizations], using the media, influencing local public opinion, and public diplomacy aimed at all the relevant communities.
Barak also informed the emissaries that the ministry had established a September Forum headed by the director of its Middle East Department, Yaakov Hadas.
This team is analyzing possible Palestinian moves and the options open to Israel to foil the process, and is putting together a diplomatic, public diplomacy and media plan, Barak wrote. You are to report on your activities to the September Forum once a week.