Netanyahu fears Paris conference may result in another 'anti-Israel' UNSC resolution

05 January, 2017, 01:43 | Author: Essie Rivera

But was it too little, too late?

"That's an unpopular suggestion because neither Jordan nor Egypt want the Palestinians, which is a pretty sad commentary on what the anti-Israel forces have done to the poor Palestinians".

Why worry about this now, Kerry's critics ask, especially when Syria is burning and there are so many other problems in the world?

The measure was met with furious condemnations from Jerusalem, with politicians issuing scathing criticisms of the countries that pushed for and supported the measure, as well as the Obama administration for withholding its veto power.

The bellicose rhetoric of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indeed predictable. Permanent members reserve the right to veto any resolution pushed through the security council.

The Trump team has said that the president-elect Donald Trump has called moving the embassy a "very big priority".

The head of the Israeli government predicts that another "anti-Israeli" document might arise following the planned Mideast summit in Paris on January 15.

Much of the controversy has focused on the motives and intentions of those who promoted the resolution; it has become standard Israeli practice to accuse all of its critics of being motivated by anti-Semitism and harboring plans for the destruction of Israel.

Indeed, while roughly four-in-ten Israeli Jews (42%) said that the continued building of settlements helps the security of Israel, three-in-ten (30%) said the settlements hurt the country's security, while a quarter (25%) said they do not affect Israel's security one way or another.

Israel doesn't support a "one-state solution" as this headline erroneously claims.

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In fact Palestinian Authority Leader Abbas stated they will never sign a deal demanding recognition of Israel as a Jewish State.

Years of occupation also mean any future Palestinian state would be dependent on Israel.

A complementary resolution in the House of Representatives is also scheduled for a vote, but one member, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, has moved to strike from its text reference to USA support for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. It revealed frustrations within the Obama administration with its Israeli allies.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday that the continuous Israeli violation of worldwide law puts United Nations credibility on the line.

Now, that has shifted: "Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect", Kerry said.

Which brings us back to the vote in the United Nations.

What are settlements, and who do they affect? -Israeli agreement to limit, if not end, new settlement construction.

Among Israeli Jews, opinion about the role of settlements varies greatly depending on a number of factors.

Keep this in mind: The settlements - especially those beyond the barrier fence Israel set up to secure its pre-1967 territory - have nothing to do with Israel's security.

Perhaps not surprisingly, a solid majority of Israeli Jews who now live in the West Bank say the settlements help Israel's security (65%). They boast a high quality of life, and feature a well-developed infrastructure that includes condominium housing complexes, schools, hospitals, and infrastructure. The first time I voted for him, and certainly the second, I knew that he would be tough on Israel visa vis the Palestinians.

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