Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed disapproval of the International Middle-East Conference calling it “futile.” The aim of the conference was to reiterate international support for the Two State Solution. Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, fears the decisions taken at the conference will result into another UN resolution, which he thinks will be against Israel.
The conference which is to be held on 5th January in Paris will be attended by some 70 countries. But representatives of neither Israel nor Palestine will be present there.
“The Paris conference is irrelevant. But there are signs that there will be attempts to turn the decisions taken there into another Security Council resolution and that is no longer irrelevant”, Netanyahu said at an annual meeting of Israeli ambassadors and chiefs of mission in Europe at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem. However, he did not state what signs.
“Therefore our primary political effort that we are currently working on is to prevent a new resolution at the UN Security Council”, he added.
On 23rd December UN Security Council said Israel’s settlements in occupied Palestine including East Jerusalem have no legal validity. Adopting a resolution by 14 votes, when the United States did not use its veto and abstained from voting, the council demanded that Israel immediately cease all settlements activities in the West Bank and other territories it captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
Netanayahu rejected the resolution at that time saying it is a “shameful blow against Israel.” It should be noted that more than 400,000 Israelis live in the West Bank in Israeli settlements that the Security Council condemned.