Obama may back UN resolution on ‘peace process’

US President Barack Obama’s administration is considering a United Nations Security Council resolution to serve as a blueprint for Israeli-Palestinian talks, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The US has repeatedly vetoed such resolutions in the past.

That move would be just one element of a plan to receive the peace process, according to the Journal.

The newspaper added that other elements might be a presidential speech and joint statement from the Quartet.

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The report offered one possible scenario: “the US would push Israel to halt construction of settlements in the Palestinian territories and recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state… Palestinians would in turn be asked to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and end claims on a right of return for Palestinian refugees.” That scenario would entail establishing two states based on the 1949 armistice lines, with land swaps to reflect population changes since then.

According to the report, Palestinian officials said they were open to an intervention by Obama.

Obama and Netanyahu have frequently butted heads. In March 2015, Netanyahu invoked the president’s ire with his pre-election statement that a Palestinian state would not be created under his government, seen by the White House as a repudiation of the two-state solution that consistently been at the heart of all negotiations involving the US. Although Netanyahu backtracked from this statement the day after the election, Obama told the press that he had told the Israeli leader that “it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing negotiations were possible.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an offer to meet US President Barack Obama at the White House later this month and canceled his trip to Washington, the White House said on Monday.

Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he had declined the offer because of the heated US election campaign. The Prime Minister’s Office said that Israel’s ambassador to the US informed the White House last week there was a “good chance” Netanyahu would not make the trip.

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