Mideast Daily News

Netanyahu Lobbies Against UN Resolution on Building in West Bank

By Linda Gradstein | The Media Line

October 11, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is pushing hard for the US not to support an expected UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israel on continued construction in the West Bank, on land Israel conquered in the 1967 war that is claimed by the Palestinians for their state-in-waiting. The daily newspaper Ha’aretz reported Tuesday that Netanyahu spoke to US Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend and told him that Israel expects the Obama Administration not to support an expected resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian issue after the American presidential election. According to the report, Kerry listened and told the Prime Minister that the administration has not made any decision on the issue. Israeli officials are growing increasingly concerned that President Obama may use the window between the election on November 8 and leaving office on January 20 to push forward some type of plan for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Possible scenarios include a speech in which President Obama would lay out a proposed solution, or US support for a Security Council resolution criticizing Israel for continued building in the West Bank, or even defining the principles of a solution such as proposed borders for a Palestinian state. Israeli officials are concerned about the sharp US reaction to Israel’s announcement that it plans to build 98 homes in the community of Shiloh between Ramallah and Nablus to house 40 families who may have to leave their homes in nearby Amona, which the Supreme Court has ruled must be evacuated because it is built on private Palestinian land. The US accused Israel of building a “new settlement” which would violate Israeli promises. On Friday, the UN Security Council is due to hold a special session on Israeli construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. While no resolutions will be taken, Israeli officials are bracing for a wave of international condemnation.


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