Netanyahu hopes US will reject Palestinian state resolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes US rejects UN Security Council Resolution backing Palestinian state

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem March 20, 2016.

Updated Mar 23, 2016


The United States move towards a UN Security Council resolution backing a Palestinian state was frowned upon by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he said he hoped the US would continue to reject it.

"A Security Council Resolution to pressure Israel would further harden Palestinian positions and thereby could actually kill the chances of peace for many, many years," he claimed at a lobbying meeting with the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

After a turn to partisan politics on Monday when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump denounced US President Barack Obama on stage, Netanyahu’s speech altered the conference focus.

Netanyahu alleged that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did not back the idea for a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli solution, via satellite from the Israeli state.

The continuation of America’s controversial military aid of billions of taxpayers dollars for Israel over the years was argued at the congress.

US Vice President Joe Biden criticised Netanyahu’s government and called on it to demonstrate its commitment to a two-state solution saying Israel’s expansion weakened prospects for peace.

Netanyahu’s controversial claims on peace accused the UN Security Council of being unable to benefit the situation.

"Peace won't come through UN Security Council resolutions but through direct negotiations between the parties,” Netanyahu said.

Washington did not join France last year to push for a Security Council resolution to set parameters for Palestinian-Israeli talks and set a final deadline for a deal.

Most 2016 US presidential candidates addressed AIPAC’s convention.

The group’s leaders took the stage shortly before Netanyahu’s speech to denounce Republican front-runner Trump.

Obama “may be the worst thing that ever happened to Israel”, Trump said, receiving applause from the AIPAC crowd.

"We say, unequivocally, that we do not countenance ad hominem attacks and we take great offence against those that are levied against the president of the United States of America from our stage," AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus said.

Netanyahu has reportedly maintained a strained relationship with Obama over the recent months.

TRTWorld, Reuters