Israeli PM concerned about UN moves after planned Paris conference

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [European Union]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday (3 January) he hoped to stave off any possible moves at the UN Security Council against his government’s policies following a Paris conference scheduled for later this month on Middle East peace.

The Security Council on 23 December 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 15 January 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 UN 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.

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