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January 9, 2017 5:44 pm

Ex-Top Israeli Diplomatic Official: Paris Conference Could Lead to UN Security Council Action Against Jewish State Next Week

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Former Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold. Photo: Screenshot.

Former Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold. Photo: Screenshot.

The international diplomatic conference set to be held in the French capital this coming Sunday could lead to further anti-Israel action at the UN Security Council next week, according to a former top Israeli official.

In a video published on Sunday, ex-Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold — the current president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs — cautioned, “On Jan. 17, again the UN will reconvene and it will probably discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and if there is a conclusion to this meeting in Paris [on Jan. 15], that conclusion may find its way to New York.”

“This is objectionable to Israel,” Gold — who served as the Jewish state’s UN envoy in the late 1990s — went on to say. “What Israel learned through many years of negotiations and diplomacy, from the days of [the late former Foreign Minister] Abba Eban to the period of [Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu, was that the only way we resolve our differences with our neighbors is by sitting face-to-face at the peace table.”

Last week, Netanyahu said, “ The Paris conference is a futile conference, but there are signs that they will try to take decisions reached there and have them become another decision at the UN Security Council. We are entering a big diplomatic effort in order to succeed in avoiding this.”

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In an interview with The Algemeiner two weeks ago, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said it was possible the Obama administration could — following the recent passage of the anti-Israeli settlement Security Council resolution — take a “further damaging step” against Israel before US President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20.

“We need to prepare for every option,” Hoenlein said.

Expressing concern about the planned Paris conference, Hoenlein noted it “could produce a document that could then be brought to the Security Council for an immediate vote.”

Watch the Dore Gold video below:

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