Netanyahu Confirms Disagreement with Trump over Settlements

Speaking to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva at the opening of its 2017 session, Abbas said that "for the sake of the two-state solution, the world must immediately recognize Palestine".

He told the UNHRC member states that Israel is moving towards an "apartheid solution" with its new Normalization Law, and warned nations not to move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem.

The Palestinian's top envoy to the United States is warning that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could disrupt efforts to secure peace in the Middle East. "Countries that have recognized Israel should also recognize Palestine, in order to protect and defend the two-state solution".

More than 150 French lawmakers sent a letter to President Francois Hollande Sunday calling on him to officially recognize Palestine as a state as part of the country's commitment to the two-state solution which is being threatened by the new US administration as well as the right-wing Israeli government. A former State Department official quoted in the report said that "there's been a series of requests coming from the secretary of state's office that suggests that he is questioning the value of the USA belonging to the Human Rights Council".

"Palestine today is a truth, a reality anchored in history and the worldwide system".

Over the past few years, European countries have been pushed by worldwide solidarity with Palestine to pressure Israel, which since the collapse of the 2014 US -sponsored talks has pressed on with building internationally-recognized illegal settlements in occupied territory the Palestinians want for their state. I'm very happy with the one both parties like.

"There is no alternative to Israeli security control over the [territory] west of the Jordan River - with or without an agreement with the Palestinians", Netanyahu reportedly said at the meeting.

Most observers quickly understood that when President Donald Trump made his apparent quip to visiting Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to "hold back on settlements for a bit" the depth of disagreement between Jerusalem and the new Washington regime was far greater than it was being allowed to appear amid the warmth and fuzziness of the White House press conference that was taking place even before the two leaders had a chance to meet.

  • Rogelio Becker