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The prominent Friends of Israel Initiative formed under the leadership of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar in 2010, has argued that a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state and international recognition of it would be a "huge mistake".

In an article published by the Jerusalem Post, the Friends of Israel Initiative (FII) argue that a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state is dangerous having "unforeseeable consequences" and maintain that peace can only be achieved though bilateral negotiations.

It is critical of the Palestinian refusal to negotiate with Israel and also argues that the Palestinians have not yet met the requirements for statehood under international law.

The FII call on Palestinians to return to negotiations with Israel and maintain that real peace can only be achieved when the Palestinians accept Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

"There cannot be two states living in peace side by side unless Palestinians accept that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people and the Israelis accept that the Palestinian state will be the state of the Palestinian people. Without that basis, no genuine progress will be made."

The FII also argue that the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state is "another tactic in a broader strategy of embarrassing and then delegitimising the State of Israel" and call on leaders of the European Union and the Western world to reject a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood.

The Friends of Israel Initiative was established to defend Israel's right to exist. Its other members include notable figures such as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate David Trimble, Peru's former President Alejandro Toledo, Italian philosopher Marcello Pera, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and British historian Andrew Roberts.

The Initiative was established out of a concern about the "unprecedented campaign of delegitimisation against Israel waged by the enemies of the Jewish State and, supported by numerous international institutions."

It is led by people who are not Jewish and whose motivations are based on the firm conviction that the State of Israel is of fundamental importance to the Western world.

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