Netanyahu to put pressure on US over recognition of Palestine in UN Security Council

Israeli Prime Minister says he plans to put pressure on United States to prevent recognition of Palestinian statehood in UN Security Council

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he will warn against returning to Israel's pre-1967 borders with the Palestinian territories during Monday's talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome.

"We also stand against the possibility of a diplomatic assault, i.e. an attempt to compel us – by means of U.N. decisions – to withdraw to the 1967 lines within two years," he added.

"This will lead to militants in the suburbs of Tel Aviv and at the heart of Jerusalem," he warned.

"We will not allow this. We will strongly and responsibly rebuff this. Let there be no doubt, this will be rejected."

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, for his part, called the Palestinian plan to seek the U.N. Security Council's recognition of a Palestinian state a "unilateral step that is far from any political settlement."

The issue can only be resolved by reaching an understanding with the Palestinian side, the minister added.

Earlier in the day, Palestine's chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that he will meet Kerry in London Tuesday, a few days before the Palestinians are expected to push for a U.N. Security Council resolution to set a timetable to end Israeli occupation.

Erekat also stressed that Palestine will submit the draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council within days as scheduled to end the Israeli occupation.

The Palestinian draft resolution will seek to apply the "two-state solution," providing the Palestinians with an independent state within pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to recent statements by Abbas.

The draft resolution is expected to be submitted by the end of December.

Washington, which hopes to maintain its Arab allies in its coalition against the ISIS militant group, aims to avoid using its veto to torpedo the Palestinian draft resolution.

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators collapsed in April this year over Israel's refusal to release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.

The talks aimed to find a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the roots of which date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-famous "Balfour Declaration," called for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.

Netanyahu added that "I will tell them [ John Kerry and Matteo Renzi ] that Israel, to a large degree, stands as a solitary island against the waves of terrorism that are washing over the entire Middle East," Netanyahu said during a cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, a report from the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) provides evidence that Israeli government has been working with Syrian opposition forces in the Golan Heights.

UNDOF’s report was submitted to the U.N. Security Council.

The UNDOF’s report also said they have seen Israel giving treatment not only to civilians but militants, including members of al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Israel’s Health Ministry, on the other hand, denied claims, saying only civilians have been receiving treatment.

TRTWorld and agencies