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Bibi Urges US to Veto UN Settlement Resolution

PM Netanyahu speaking at United Nations (Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO/ASHERNET)

Today, the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote on a text not only against settlements, but that refuses to call out Palestinian incitement to violence. In response, The Times of Israel reports, PM Netanyahu has called on the United States to veto the resolution:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the United States to veto a UN Security Council resolution that demands an immediate halt to Israeli settlement building.

“The US should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council on Thursday,” Netanyahu wrote in a tweet posted early Thursday.

The Security Council is slated to vote on Thursday on the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which declares that all existing settlements “have no legal validity” and are “a flagrant violation” of international law, and demands that “Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”

It stresses that “the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-state solution” as these activities are “dangerously imperiling” the viability of any future Palestinian state in the West Bank.

And it “calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground.”

A similar resolution was vetoed by the United States in 2011...

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