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Israel urges US to Decline UN Security Council Draft Resolution on Jewish Settlements

The vote, expected on Thursday, would be one of the last chances for President Obama to stop Jews from continued settlement building in territories where the Palestinians seek to build their state

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Jerusalem, Dec 23, 2016: Israel on Thursday urged the US to veto a UN Security Council draft resolution that demands an immediate halt to settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

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“The US should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council on Thursday,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on his Twitter account.

Hours later, President-elect Donald Trump also urged President Barack Obama to exercise the veto.

“The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed,” Trump said in a post on Twitter and Facebook.

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“As the US has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations.”

The vote, expected on Thursday, would be one of the last chances for President Obama to stop Jews from continued settlement building in territories where the Palestinians seek to build their state.

The draft resolution, sponsored by Egypt, asserts that the settlements “have no legal validity” and are “a flagrant violation” of international laws.

It demands that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”

Israel captured the West Bank, along with the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast War. About a decade later, right-wing Israelis started to establish settlements on these lands.

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The US sees the settlements, which are illegal by the international laws, as an obstacle to peace.

The Palestinians have vowed not to return to the negotiating table unless Israel freezes its settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (IANS)

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Netanyahu Says, “He will Annex Some Israeli Settlements in West Bank if he Wins Election”

In an interview with Israeli television Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex at least some Jewish settlements in the West Bank

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will annex some Israeli settlements in the West Bank if he wins Tuesday’s Israeli election. The move would mark a sharp departure from current Israeli policy.

In an interview with Israeli television Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex at least some Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

He said that every Jewish settlement in the West Bank is part of Israel, and he will not uproot one Jewish settler. That is in contrast to his challenger, Benny Gantz, who has said he could move some Israelis from the West Bank in a peace deal with the Palestinians.

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Netanyahu’s remarks come two days before a closely fought Israeli election that could challenge Netanyahu’s 10 year run in the prime minister’s office. Pixabay

Netanyahu’s remarks come two days before a closely fought Israeli election that could challenge Netanyahu’s 10 year run in the prime minister’s office. Palestinian foreign minister Riad Malki warned that Netanyahu would face a “real problem” if he annexes Jewish settlements.

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Palestinians say the entire West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as east Jerusalem must be part of a future Palestinian state. Israel has controlled the West Bank since 1967, but unlike the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem, has never annexed it.
About 400,000 Israelis live in Jewish settlements in the West Bank alongside 2.3 million Palestinians.

U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to release details of a new peace plan after the Israeli elections. (VOA)