A senior American diplomat reportedly warned on Friday that the
United States would cut aid to the Palestinian Authority if it
asks the United Nations to recognise a Palestinian state next
"In case the Palestinian Authority
seeks to upgrade its position at the UN through the General
Assembly, the US Congress will take punitive measures against it,
including a cut in US aid," Al Jazeera quoted Daniel Rubinstein,
the US consul general in Jerusalem, citing a statement.
Rubinstein also said the United
States would veto any resolution in the Security Council.
Rubinstein reportedly made those
threats during a meeting with Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian
Authority's chief negotiator, according to a statement issued by
But a US State Department spokesman
said in an e-mail that Erekat's statement "is not an accurate
portrayal of the US position," and denied that Rubinstein made
Several members of Congress -
Democrats and Republicans alike - have already threatened to slash
aid for the PA if it pursues the statehood vote.