Bibi Netanyahu vows to continue peace process with Palestinians, reiterates call for Israel to end occupation
A senior Israeli prime minister said on Thursday he would not hesitate to take action against Palestinians who defied the government’s call for them to leave their homes in the West Bank.
Netanyahu made the remarks during a meeting with the United Nations, saying he was determined to continue negotiations with the Palestinians until their demands for the release of Israeli settlers were met.
Netanyahu has said he wants to end the occupation, which began in 1967, by any means necessary.
Netanyahu said he would take action if the Palestinians defied his government’s demand for them.
“We have not seen a Palestinian who has come to me and said, ‘If I get the opportunity, I will do whatever I can to leave.
We will not let anyone stop us from doing this,'” he said.
“The prime minister has made it clear that the government will act against those who refuse to fulfill their responsibility to leave.”
Netanyahu said the government would continue negotiations until the “resistance” was broken, even as he said he was committed to a peace agreement that is “fair to both sides.”
The Israeli prime Minister is expected to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday.
The United States has said it is prepared to help broker a deal that would allow Palestinians to return to their homes and leave Israeli settlements on occupied land.
Trump has said the two sides should reach a settlement agreement.
But he has not ruled out sending U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the region to help.
“I’m confident that we will be able to reach an agreement that protects Israel’s security,” Trump said at a news conference in June.
Trump also said he had spoken to the Israelis, but did not specify when.
Netanyahu called the peace process a “travesty” in a statement Thursday.
“It is not a good deal, and we will not allow it to continue,” Netanyahu said.
He also said that the United States had made an “inherent threat” against Israel.
“For too long, America has refused to accept this reality,” he said in a speech at the U. N. General Assembly.
“And if we do not move decisively to end this unacceptable situation, Israel will be forced to respond with a devastating response.”
Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump had been discussing the matter with Netanyahu during the president’s recent trip to Israel.
He added that Trump was not seeking to change Israeli-Palestinian relations.
The U. S. government said Friday that it was concerned that “many” Palestinian leaders were making concessions to the Palestinians.
“If the parties want to maintain the status quo, they will have to abide by the status-quo that the international community has accepted,” a White House statement said.
The statement also said the administration was continuing to call for a “final and lasting peace deal.”
The Palestinian Authority has not commented publicly on the issue.
The Palestinians rejected calls for them in the U.-S.
and Israeli-led negotiations in recent months, saying that they had a right to self-determination and were willing to walk away from the peace agreement.
The peace process, which has been bogged down in bitter and prolonged Israeli-Israeli-Palestinian disputes for decades, has been stalled by Israeli settlements, which Israel considers illegal.
Trump’s decision to pull the U, U.K., and the European Union out of the U-S.-sponsored negotiations came as he and his administration have faced criticism from both sides over the deal.
The White House has defended the president by pointing to the fact that the U.’s allies, Canada, France and Germany, have backed the U., saying that it is not only in the interest of both sides, but also in the interests of the world.
Trump, a former reality television star, is expected on Friday to attend the U s State of the Union address.
The speech will be the most important address by a sitting U. S. president since Trump took office, as he prepares to formally leave office.
The first address by Trump as president, in January, was held during a visit to the Vatican, which was overshadowed by the pope’s decision not to visit the White Trump Tower.