Netanyahu Tells AIPAC He Expects Obama to Veto Any Palestinian UN Resolution

Speaking via video link the Israeli prime minister says he hopes Washington will stick to its policy of Security Council efforts to impose a unilateral deal.

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Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech on Tuesday to the AIPAC conference that he expects the Obama Administration to oppose any international initiative to advance a resolution on the Israel-Palestinian issue at the United Nations Security Council.

Netanyahu who spoke via satellite after having cancelled his trip to Washington two weeks ago, said that some members of the international community are interested in forcing Israel to accept U.N. conditions, and he hopes the United States will stick by its longstanding policy and reject these efforts.

He said he was happy to hear various presidential candidates pledge in their remarks to AIPAC on Monday that they would veto any steps proposed against Israel in the Security Coucnil.

Netanyahu said any steps by the council would not advance but only distance the chances for peace.

"A security council resolution will only convince the Palestinians they can stab their way to a state," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu also responded to Vice President Joe Biden's remarks to AIPAC on Sunday, that his impressions from a visit this month to Jerusalem and Ramallah is that both sides have no political desire to advance the peace process.

The prime minister rejected Biden's conclusions and said he is committed to the principle of two states for two peoples.

"I know there is skepticism about my positions so I want to state clearly that I am willing to start direct talks immediately without preconditions, anytime, anywhere. That is a fact. But president Abbas is not willing to do that. That is a fact, too. There is political will here in Jerusalem but there is no political will there in Ramallah. Abbas refuses to speak to me for even one minute. And he is fueling young Palestinians with incitement against Israel."

Netanyahu presented a video tape showing excerpts of Palestinian television footage aimed at inciting the public against Israel. He said that "If the international community really wants to advance peace it must demand that the Palestinians stop poisoning the minds of their children. "

The prime minister said that "while the Palestinians are stuck in their refusal to make peace others are moving forward."

He said that "increasingly our other neighbors recognize that we have common interests. They understand that we face the same threats, from Iran and from ISIS, I can tell you from the perspective of my lifetime this is an historic change. I believe it offers a unique opportunity to advance peace, and we are working everyday to seize that opportunity."

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