Jerusalem, November 7: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he expects the next United States president must not impose a solution on the lingering Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet meeting that he expects the “United States will remain true to its commitment for many years that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be resolved through direct negotiations without pre-conditions, and of course not through decisions by the United Nations of other international bodies”.
Netanyahu was referring to an ongoing move by the Palestinians to achieve an international recognition of a Palestinian state and become a member country in the UN General Assembly. The last round of U.S.-brokered peace talks reached an impasse in April, 2014 amid the expansion of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the unity government between the PLO and Hamas. Israel occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Mideast War and has been holding it ever since, despite international criticism.
Israel has also been concerned about a French peace initiative, first proposed by the French government in 2015, which aims at setting parameters for a peace deal and a timeline to achieve it.