STABBING ISRAEL IN THE BACK: President Barack Obama to use abstention in UN ‘settlement’ vote to pressure Israel to enter new round of peace talks
By Nitsan Keidar
US President Barack Obama may manipulate a vote over the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s UN resolution condemning Israeli “settlements” to boost his own legacy, White House sources said Monday.
Obama is allegedly willing to remain silent on the vote in order to further his own agenda in the Middle East, officials said, and instead, promote his own outline for a series of US-led talks.
Such talks, the sources claimed, would include a “two-state solution” and concessions from both Israel and the PA.
Israeli officials have yet to respond to the reports.
The PA resolution intends to clarify the Security Council position on “settlements,” PA Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Friday, and utilizes input from several Arab countries; Egypt is expected to take the lead if the draft resolution is presented for a
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