Report: Netanyahu asks Kerry not to promote anti-Israel resolutions

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel would expect that the Obama administration will not carry out a shift in policy and will not promote or support a United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian issue during the period following the U.S. presidential election until Obama leaves office, Haaretz reported Monday.


According to the newspaper, Netanyahu made the comments in a telephone conversation with Kerry on Saturday night in which he explained to Kerry about the relocation plan for the community of Amona.


The election is to be held on November 8 while Obama’s term ends on January 20.


A senior Israeli official who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter told Haaretz that, in the call, Netanyahu presented Kerry with Israel’s position on the matter and repeated the points that he, Netanyahu, had presented publicly about two weeks ago in a speech to the UN General Assembly.


Haaretz has learned that in the portion of the call devoted to possible steps at the UN Security Council, for the most part Kerry listened, but ultimately told the prime minister that the U.S. administration has still not made any decision on the issue.


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