Is­raeli PM: Ei­ther can­di­date will main­tain US peace pol­icy

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

JERUSALEM (AP): IS­RAEL’S LEADER says he ex­pects the next Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tion to back Is­rael’s ap­proach to peace­mak­ing re­gard­less of who is elected pres­i­dent.

Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu told his Cabi­net yes­ter­day that he ex­pects the United States to stay loyal to its long-stand­ing sup­port for the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict be­ing re­solved through “di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tions with­out pre­con­di­tions, and, of course, not by de­ci­sions of the United Na­tions (UN) and other in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions”.

Previous rounds of ne­go­ti­a­tions over the estab­lish­ment of a Pales­tinian state have bro­ken down and left out­bursts of vi­o­lence in their wake.

Is­rael op­poses for­eign ini­tia­tives to pres­sure it into con­ces­sions and ac­cuses the UN of an anti-Is­rael bias.

Is­rael was most re­cently out­raged by a UNESCO World Her­itage Com­mit­tee res­o­lu­tion that, it said, ig­nored Ju­daism’s deep ties to a Jerusalem holy site.

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