Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met inÂ Rome on Monday (image from an earlier meeting). Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org)Â The U.S.Â willÂ use its veto power at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to block anÂ upcoming Palestinian resolution that asks the UNSCÂ toÂ outline the territorialÂ terms ofÂ aÂ peace deal with Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday, citing Palestinian sources familiar with the contentÂ of aÂ meeting between Kerry and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
But when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday in London, the site of his meeting with Erekat, Kerry stopped short of assuringÂ the U.S. veto.
“We’ve made no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that,” Kerry said Tuesday. “This isn’t the time to detail private conversations or speculate on a U.N. Security Council resolution that hasn’t even been tabled.”
The Palestinian-initiatedÂ U.N.Â resolution sets a November 2016 deadline for Israeli pullout from the West Bank, which wouldÂ bring Israel’s borders back to the pre-1967 lines.Â Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met inÂ Rome on Monday to discuss the Palestinian measure. Both Israel and the U.S. have traditionally opposedÂ any territorial arrangementÂ that is attainedÂ by one party to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and not through direct negotiations between the twoÂ sides.
“The American government has backed our policy for 47 years that any solution between us and the Palestinians will be done through negotiations. …Â I don’t see any reason that would change,” Netanyahu told reporters after his meeting with Kerry, according to Bloomberg News.
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