News / Middle East

    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."

    You May Like

    US Leaders Who Served in Vietnam War Look Back and Ahead

    In New York Times opinion piece, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator John McCain and former Senator Bob Kerrey say as US strengthens relations with Vietnam, it is important to remember lessons learned from war

    Who Are US Allies in Fight Against Islamic State?

    There is little but opportunism keeping coalition together analysts warn — SDFs Arab militias are not united even among themselves, frequently squabble and don’t share Kurds' vision for post-Assad Syria

    Learning Foreign Language Helps US Soldiers Bridge Culture Gap

    Effective interaction with local populations part of everyday curriculum at Monterey, California, Defense Language Institute

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    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.
    In Response

    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

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora