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December 16, 2014 8:28 pm

Report: U.S. Will Veto Palestinian Resolution for U.N.-Imposed Peace Plan

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Rome on Monday (image from an earlier meeting). Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The U.S. will use its veto power at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to block an upcoming Palestinian resolution that asks the UNSC to outline the territorial terms of a peace deal with Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday, citing Palestinian sources familiar with the content of a meeting between Kerry and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

But when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday in London, the site of his meeting with Erekat, Kerry stopped short of assuring the U.S. veto.

“We’ve made no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that,” Kerry said Tuesday. “This isn’t the time to detail private conversations or speculate on a U.N. Security Council resolution that hasn’t even been tabled.”

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The Palestinian-initiated U.N. resolution sets a November 2016 deadline for Israeli pullout from the West Bank, which would bring Israel’s borders back to the pre-1967 lines. Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Rome on Monday to discuss the Palestinian measure. Both Israel and the U.S. have traditionally opposed any territorial arrangement that is attained by one party to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and not through direct negotiations between the two sides.

“The American government has backed our policy for 47 years that any solution between us and the Palestinians will be done through negotiations. … I don’t see any reason that would change,” Netanyahu told reporters after his meeting with Kerry, according to Bloomberg News.

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  • Lynne T

    The PA was established on the basis of the Oslo Accords and should be held to the conditions, which including an acknowledgment of making land swaps that would ultimately determine borders.

    Instead, Abbas is holding out for the ’49 Armistice line and no settling of Palestinian refugees from west of the Armistice line in his Palestinian state, and never mind that he himself was from Safed.

    He and Fatah have no mandate to negotiate and Hamas isn’t interested. Until the countries committed to a negotiated two state solution understand that propping up Fatah as it is less hostile than Hamas, guarantees a stalemate. What they should be doing is supporting the pragmatic Arabs inside Israel and the disputed territories, people like Bassem Eid and Anett Haskia, giving the Palestinians a real choice.

  • HELEN

    PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT NOT TO WRITE ABOUT THEM AND IT WOULD NOT HAVE ANY INTEREST IN CONVERSATION MEETINGS OR POLTICAL TALKS. THE PALESTINIANS WILL NOT READ OR HEAR ON EDGE DAILY NEWS WHERE THEY SHOULD BE OR WHERE THEIR GOVERNMENT IS. HOLY SITES THE PALESTINIANS ARE SITTING ON THEM. THE PALESTINIANS HAVE NOTHING AND WANT WHAT ISRAEL HAS EVERYTHING.

  • Jonah

    We have made no determinations about languages, approachs, specific resolutions or any of that! Whoo I hope Netanyahou washes his hands after shaking hands with this poisonous toad.

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