Netanyahu talks settlement ‘mechanism’ with Pence

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu discussed a number of issues, including settlements and the UN, with Vice President Mike Pence Thursday [AFP]
In addition to his joint conference Wednesday with President Donald Trump, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu held a less publicized meeting with VP Mike Pence the following day.

According to a Times of Israel report Thursday, Pence and Netanyahu discussed creating a “mechanism” to deal with the settlements issue.

“We [will] formulate as soon as possible the creation of a mechanism to discuss with the White House construction in the settlements, with the intention of reaching an understanding on this matter,” a member of Netanyahu’s delegation said.

That was not all on Netanyahu’s mind however, as he and Pence agreed to “work together in a systematic manner” to shift the United Nations attitude towards Israel.

The Prime Minister  also pushed Pence towards U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967. The United States would be the only nation to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the area.

Despite urging Netanyahu Wednesday to halt settlement activity, Trump strenuously objected to December’s anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution, vowing on Twitter that “things [would] be different” following his inauguration.

 After his meeting with Trump, Netanyahu said Israel will “continue to build [in Jerusalem], and everything we’ve already announced will be built. But, on the rest, we need to discuss [it] and reach an agreement.”

02/17/2017 11:03 AM by Menachem Rephun

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