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The Florida Republican also accused the Palestinian Authority of “cynically” attempting to gain U.N. membership without negotiating international boundaries with Israel or regaining control of the Gaza Strip, where Hamas terrorists recently have fired rockets at Israeli villages.

“Before this dangerous charade progresses further, the Obama administration must make clear, publicly and unequivocally, that is will stop any U.N. Security Council effort to recognize or grant upgraded U.N. status to a Palestinian state,” she said.

The White House repeatedly has expressed opposition to a Palestinian state without Israeli approval, but its statements have failed to satisfy Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen.

“Now is not the time for more biased U.N. measures,” she said.

“Now is the time for the Palestinians to stop their anti-peace, anti-Israeli measures and to start meeting their obligations or face the consequences.”

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