Gov. Rick Perry will hold an open press media event with Israeli and American leaders tomorrow morning in New York City pegged to United Nations negotiations around Palestinian statehood, NBC News confirms. The Jerusalem Post first reported the news.
Perry, a fierce critic of the Obama administration's policy toward Israel, wrote in a Friday Wall Street Journal op-ed that the United States should use its veto to nix the United Nation's recognition of a Palestinian state.
"The U.S. should oppose the statehood measure by using our veto in the Security Council, as President Obama has pledged to do, and by doing everything we can to weaken support for the unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood in the General Assembly," he wrote. "The U.S. must affirm that the precondition for any properly negotiated future settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is the formal recognition of the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state behind secure borders."
In the same piece, Perry wrote that the administration was wrong to call for an Israeli freeze on settlement construction as a condition for talks between the two groups.
"Errors by the Obama administration have encouraged the Palestinians to take backward steps away from peace," he wrote.
The event is scheduled for 10:00 am ET at the W Hotel in Union Square in New York.