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Pindostan undecided on veto of UNSCR against West Bank settlements
Tovah Lazaroff, Herb Keinon, Danielle Ziri, JPost, Apr 10 2016

Pindostan has yet to decide whether or not to support a Plastelinan Arab drive to push forward a UNSCR later this month condemning West Bank settlements. State Dept Deputy spox M Toner told reporters in Washington on Friday:

We understand there is an early draft that the Plastelinans Arabs have shared informally in New York.

Pindostan vetoed an anti-settlement resolution at the UN in 2011, which was the only veto cast by Pindostan during Obama’s tenure. There is a growing fear among Israelis Jews that Obama could change his tune with respect to an upcoming UNSCR. Toner told reporters on Friday:

I’m not going to comment on what is really an informal draft UNSCR. Nothing has been formally introduced or circulated at the UNSC, and nothing has been introduced by a member. Our policy on Israeli settlement activity is not the issue. We’ve spoken from here and elsewhere about our concerns about ongoing settlement activity, and that we believe they’re illegitimate and counterproductive to the cause of peace in the Middle East, and that hasn’t changed. But I just want to set that apart and say that’s just a draft UNSCR, it’s not ready, as we say, not ready for prime time yet. So we’ve seen it but we’re not going to comment on it in its current form.

Netanyahu issued a sharp response late Thursday night to reports that Abbas planned to bring an ‘anti-Israel’ (RB) resolution to the council. Netanyahu said in a statement:

Abu Mazen is taking a step that will push negotiations further away. The only way to advance peace is by direct negotiations, and Abu Mazen is avoiding this. The Palestinians educate their children on a daily basis that the settlements are Tel Aviv, Haifa and Acre.

The move seemed to catch Jayloomia by surprise, as the focus of concern about activities at the UNSC has been centred on whether the French would bring a resolution, and whether Pindostan would veto it. There also has been concern that Obama, in the waning days of his tenure, might bring a proposal setting down his own parameters for a resolution. According to Haaretz, the PA circulated a draft resolution last week, condemning settlement construction, and Abbas would like to bring the resolution to a vote when he visits the UN on Apr 22, (ostensibly) to take part in a conference on climate change. Haaretz reported that the Arab League is to hold a special meeting on the matter on Apr 20, and that according to a Western diplomat, some Arab countries have expressed concern about the resolution and have warned Abbas not to go ahead. Israeli Ambassador to the UN D Danon also issued a statement on the matter, saying:

The Plastelinans must understand that there are no shortcuts. The only way to promote negotiations starts by them condemning terrorism and stopping the incitement, and ends with direct negotiations between the two sides. They are continuing to deceive the international community by putting forward initiatives that do nothing to better the lives of either side of this conflict.

Last month, Pindostan spoke against a UNHRCR condemning West Bank settlement activity and creating a database of companies that do business in and with the settlements. It could not vote against the resolution, because it is no longer a member of the 47-nation UNHRC. Pindostan has since stated that it does not plan to comply with that resolution. The EU, which opposes settlement activity, also took a stand against the resolution. The seven EU UNHRC members all abstained on the resolution. (EU compliance, as EI consistently reports, will be only formal – RB)

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