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    Netanyahu Cautions US Against UN Resolution on Mideast Conflict

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, heads the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Jan. 24, 2016.
    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, heads the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Jan. 24, 2016.
    VOA News

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday cautioned the United States against using a U.N. Security Council resolution to try to advance the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    Netanyahu's comments, made during an address to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, came weeks after reports suggested White House officials are considering a U.N. resolution that would lay out the basic guidelines for a two-state solution.

    "A Security Council resolution to pressure Israel would further harden Palestinian positions, and thereby it could actually kill the chances of peace for many, many years," Netanyahu said via satellite at AIPAC's annual conference. "And that is why I hope the United States will maintain its longstanding position to reject such a U.N. resolution."

    The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month U.S. officials are considering reversing their opposition to using the Security Council as a way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Both the U.S. and Israel have insisted direct talks are the only way to make peace. But some Palestinians, frustrated by years of failed talks, see the U.N. as the only way to achieve their goal for an independent state.

    The U.N. resolution would call for both sides to make concessions long seen as fundamental to any two-state solution, according to the report.

    Hopes fading for two-state solution

    The plan has not been discussed publicly by U.S. officials. But Netanyahu's mention of it in his AIPAC speech suggests he is concerned President Barack Obama is seriously considering the move before he leaves office early next year.

    U.S.-brokered talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority broke down two years ago, each side blaming the other for failing to make enough concessions. White House officials have since said they do not expect a two-state solution to be reached during the rest of Obama's time in office.

    In his speech Tuesday, Netanyahu said he believes the best way to achieve peace is "two states for two peoples, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state finally recognizes the Jewish state."

    But U.S. officials, and an increasing number of observers, say that the chances for a two-state solution appear to be running out.

    FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference, Dec. 4, 2015.
    FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference, Dec. 4, 2015.

    At a speech in December, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that current trends, including violence and settlement activity, are "imperiling the viability of the two-state solution" and that the situation appears headed toward an "untenable one-state reality."

    Palestinians are frustrated by the Israeli military occupation of areas they want as a future state. Next year will mark 50 years since 1967, when Israel's occupation began.

    The situation has been exasperated by a wave of stabbing and car attacks, mostly carried out by young Palestinians, against Israeli soldiers and citizens. Since October, 29 Israelis and 190 Palestinians have been killed.

    Israeli troops gather near a supermarket that was the scene of a stabbing near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Feb. 18, 2016.
    Israeli troops gather near a supermarket that was the scene of a stabbing near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Feb. 18, 2016.

    In his AIPAC speech, Netanyahu linked those attacks to the Tuesday bombings in Brussels, Belgium, where dozens were killed.

    "This is one continuous assault on all of us," Netanyahu said. "In all these cases, the terrorists have no resolvable grievances. It's not as if we could offer them Brussels or Istanbul or California, or even the West Bank."

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    by: PermReader
    March 23, 2016 8:11 AM
    This Israel`s enemy -in -chief has only 8 months to act. Israel has to survive for this time.

    by: SparkleInTheDark
    March 23, 2016 1:18 AM
    With continued expansions of settlements and outposts, Israel is not seeking a peaceful solution with Palestinians. Also, this is not a war between two countries but a resistance to what has been described, by some Jewish Holocaust survivors,and well respected humanitarians around the globe as a "brutal occupation" by Israel. You cannot claim reasonable effort towards a peaceful resolution while continuing to take lands, destroy homes, kill and maim reporters, drop one ton bombs on residential neighborhoods, firebomb sleeping families, spray Palestinian crops with toxins and so much more. Statistics were cited saying a much larger number of Palestinians were killed in recent times, compared to Israeli losses. Look at the stats for summer 2014. Journalists should look carefully at both sides. Far too much is omitted when reporting on the region.
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    by: sam from: turkey
    March 23, 2016 6:15 AM
    A small land is not the main issue. Muslim terrorists torched Joseph's shrine. They are not committed of any moral and human rights and international laws. They destroy holy places of other religions. They kill innocent people just because they are not Muslims. we saw that 10 years ago, Israel gave Gaza strip to the Arabs, and Arabs had the opportunity to build an excellent place from economical aspect for themselves but the result is different so unfortunately they converted this small area to a safe place for extreme terrorist groups.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    March 22, 2016 2:44 PM
    Palestinians’re hardened people needing no kid-gloves if they must attain UN-standard of statehood. An offshoot of islamism, concomitant stubbornness – an aberration the world seems at peace with, they take their stubbornness too far when as refugees in other lands they insist on living on their own conditions, not what their host countries demand. We’ve seen their examples not just that they refuse to give Israel peace or agree to live in peace with their neighbors, but that they insist on their way of life even in countries of sojourn, leading to maltreatment of women/children, rape, stabbings etc.

    So if anything’s going to be achieve for the Palestinians, it must be forced on them, for they don't know what’s good for them, instead they force their host communities to reverse civilizations to the Dark/Middle Ages standard. USA shouldn’t be slack in proposing what it thinks should bring peace in the MidEast, provided Israeli’s in agreement with such initiatives. What it means is Palestinians must accept what’s ethically good ad practicable for peace to exist. When they become country of theirs, they can either resolve to shape-in or ship-out of comity of nations by their observances or otherwise of established rights

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