Benjamin Netanyahu Frets About Paris Peace Talks and More UN Action on Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he hoped to stave off any possible moves at the U.N. Security Council against his government’s policies following a Paris conference scheduled for later this month on Middle East peace.

The Security Council on Dec. 23 adopted a resolution that demands an end to Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, despite heavy Israeli pressure against it.

France plans to convene some 70 countries on Jan. 15 to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a conference Netanyahu has rejected in advance as “futile.”

“There are signs that they will try to turn decisions made there into another decision in the Security Council,” Netanyahu said during a meeting with Israeli ambassadors in Jerusalem.

“Therefore our primary effort for now is to prevent another U.N. decision, another decision by the Security Council. And also to prevent a decision by the Quartet,” he said, referring to the group of peace mediators that comprises the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union.

“We are investing a great diplomatic effort in this,” he said in broadcast remarks, without providing any details.

Netanyahu has said Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations following last month’s resolution.

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Benjamin Netanyahu Frets About Paris Peace Talks and More UN Action on Israel

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close