Israeli sources, we expect U.S. veto on Palestinian resolution

On Territories withdrawal in 2 yrs. Kerry-Netanyahu talks in Rome

15 December, 13:40

    US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) in Rome, 23 October 2013. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) in Rome, 23 October 2013.

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV- Israel expects the US to veto a Palestinian resolution at the Security Council and this should be Benyamin Netanyahu's request for US secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, official Israeli sources were quoted as saying by local media.

    ''US politics over the past 47 years has consisted in opposing unilateral steps'', the sources told Haaretz. ''There is no reason for a change and we expect this will not happen''. On Sunday, the Israeli premier said Israel would not accept to withdraw within pre-1967 lines, while the Palestinians have announced they will present on Wednesday a resolution for the end of Israeli occupation within two years.

     

    Netanyahu to Kerry and Renzi,no withdrawal to pre-1967 lines

    (by Massimo Lomonaco) (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV - Israel will not accept to withdraw within pre-1967 borders, Israeli Premier Benyamin Netanyahu said yesterday ahead of meetings today in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi.

    The Israeli premier also said he is sure a Palestinian-Jordanian proposed resolution and a French proposal - which are asking, though in a different form, for the UN Security Council to vote for the Jewish State's withdrawal from the West Bank by 2016 - will not pass.

    In response, last night, the Palestinians announced they would be presenting to the UN security Council on Wednesday a draft resolution demanding the ''end of the occupation'' by Israel, according to a PLO official.

    Netanyahu told a government meeting in Jerusalem that during his one-day trip to Rome he will tell Kerry and Renzi that Israel ''will stand against the possibility of a diplomatic assault, by means of UN decisions, to force us to withdraw to the 1967 lines within two years''. And the reason for this, the premier said, is that a potential withdrawal would bring ''Islamist extremists to the suburbs of Tel Aviv and the heart of Jerusalem''.

    ''Mister security'' - as he has been dubbed by Israeli analysts who saw echoes of an upcoming electoral campaign in his speech yesterday as Israel is voting in March - stressed one of the pillars of Israeli politics in front of what it believes are ''unilateral acts'' by the Palestinians.

    At the same time, Netanyahu also sent a message to European MPs who are increasingly expressing themselves through statements and motions in favor of the recognition of Palestine as a State, which is also at the center of diplomatic objectives pursued by PNA President Abu Mazen.

    ''We will not allow this'', Netanyahu said of the UN Resolution. ''We will strongly and responsibly rebuff this. Let there be no doubt, this (objective) will be rejected''.

    Netanyahu then explained he would remind Kerry and Renzi that ''Israel stands as a solitary island against the waves of Islamic extremism that are washing over the entire Middle East.

    Until now, we have successfully withstood and repelled these attacks''.

    As observed by some analysts, so far Kerry, at least in part, has a clear purpose in his renewed diplomatic effort in the Middle East which will not exhaust itself with the double meeting today in Rome, but which will continue tomorrow in London. In the British capital, the US secretary of State - according to both Israeli and Palestinian media reports - will meet a delegation of Arab foreign ministers and another coming from Ramallah. The first, according to the same sources, will ask Washington not to veto the Resolution. But in both meetings, including the one with the Palestinian delegation - with chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, Riyadh's Foreign Minister al Malki and security chief Majid Faraj - it is possible that Kerry will try to determine whether there are margins of flexibility for different positions and whether there is room to re-launch a mediation, given that today he will discuss Israel's position, as expressed by Netanyahu.

    After all Kerry over the past few days - after the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein - spoke on the phone with Palestinian President Abu Mazen.

    It is possible the two leaders discussed the intention of Ramallah's leadership - shaken by what it considers as Israel's ''murder'' of minister Abu Ein - to reconsider the security cooperation with the Jewish State. According to many, including the US, the move would make an already difficult situation on the ground even more complicated. It is no coincidence there is talk of a secret meeting between Israeli security chief Yoram Coen and the Palestinian leader.(ANSAmed).

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