Netanyahu, Arabs to present their cases to Kerry
Prime Minister Netanyahu heads for Rome on Monday to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry to warn him that Israel will ignore any call from the United Nations Security Council
to withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines by 2016. On Tuesday, Kerry will meet in London with delegations from the 'Palestinians' and from the Arab League who will urge Kerry (and the United States) not to veto a Security Council resolution
that would call on Israel to do just that. This is from the first link.
Netanyahu, who is in the middle of campaigning
for a March election, will also meet Italian Prime Minister Matteo
Renzi along with Kerry.
tell both of them that Israel stands, to a great extent, as a solitary
island against the waves of Islamic extremism washing over the entire
Middle East," Netanyahu said on Sunday in public remarks to his cabinet.
He said Israel now faced a possible diplomatic offensive "to force upon us" such a withdrawal within two years.
will bring the radical Islamic elements to the suburbs of Tel Aviv and
to the heart of Jerusalem. We will not allow this. We will rebuff this
forcefully and responsibly. Let there be no doubt, this will be
Minister Avigdor Lieberman, speaking on Army Radio, said it appeared the
United States "is not eager to use its veto" on the Palestinian
statehood issue but was seeking "maximum coordination" with Netanyahu.
Haaretz's Barak Ravid adds:
Kerry initiated the meeting with the Palestinians in London - as
well as the meeting with Netanyahu in Rome - as part of his attempts to
try to understand how flexible the two sides are, and whether there is a
possibility of reaching a compromise. Kerry spoke by telephone with
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday and asked him to send
Faraj and Erekat to meet with him in London; his invitation to Netanyahu
was extended earlier in the week.
The meetings Kerry will be holding over the next few days with
Netanyahu, the Palestinians, the Arab foreign ministers and his European
counterparts are part of the American attempt to prevent a diplomatic
confrontation in the Security Council over the Palestinian issue, or to
at least postpone the confrontation for as long as possible.
"There are a lot of different folks pushing in different directions out
there, and the question is can we all pull in the same direction,"
Kerry told reporters during a visit to Colombia. "That’s what we’re
"We're trying to figure out a way to help defuse the tensions and
reduce the potential for more conflict and we’re exploring various
possibilities to that end," Kerry told reporters in Bogota when asked
whether there is a resolution the U.S. could support.
It is still unclear whether Kerry plans to present Israel and the
Palestinians with a new proposal or a compromise. In any case, it will
be very hard for him to achieve such a compromise. The Palestinians are
determined to push their resolution forward in the Security Council,
while Israel, which is now in the midst of an election campaign, has
rejected any such move in the Security Council out of hand.
Will Mr. Moral Equivalence
strike again? What could go wrong?
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