(JNS.org) The United Nations Security Council is expected to convene next week in an informal session, spearheaded by the Palestinians, to discuss Israeli settlements as an “obstacle to peace” in an eventual push for a formal Security Council resolution against Israel.
“The existence and expansion of the settlements on Palestinians lands, which were occupied in 1967, endanger a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the two-state solution,” according to the position paper distributed to participants of the meeting, obtained by Yedioth Ahronoth.
The position paper goes on to blame Israeli security forces for “overlooking violent acts of the settlers against Palestinians and not giving them the protection to which they are entitled under international law.”
The meeting likely will focus on Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem as well as the expansion of Jewish communities in the West Bank.
While the special meeting was initiated by the Palestinians, the official request was submitted by Malaysia, Venezuela, Senegal, Egypt and Angola, countries that are currently temporary members of the Security Council.
Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon slammed the Palestinians for the move, saying they are “using the international community to harm the state of Israel instead of stopping incitement and sitting at the negotiation table.”
Danon added, “It is the international community’s responsibility to strongly reject these attempts. Only an absolute stop to Palestinian incitement and the halting of terror against Israeli citizens will facilitate a dialogue.”