U.S., Egypt Warn Palestinians Not to Push Security Council Resolution Before U.S. Elections

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Both Egypt and the U.S. have warned the Palestinian leadership that Washington will veto any UN Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, including a denunciation of the settlements, before the U.S. presidential election next month, a senior Palestinian official told Ha’aretz.

“We have no illusions and no expectations that the Americans won’t veto or otherwise torpedo any resolution submitted to the Security Council,” the official said. “We also aren’t aware of any plan being cooked up or of any proposal whatsoever.”

U.S. support for a UN Security Council resolution to replace 242 would conflict with commitments given to Israel by Washington going back to 1973, former Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold told theJerusalem Post on Thursday. Resolution 242 is the backbone on which the entire Israeli-Palestinian peace process is structured. “After the ’73 war the United States gave Israel commitments that it would not allow for a change in UNSC Resolution 242,” he said, adding that those commitments were “in writing.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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