Tel Aviv, Paris – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government fears further international moves to impose the peace terms following the adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which demands that Israel cease construction in all areas captured in the 1967 Middle East war and describes the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian territory.
A high-ranking official said that the Israeli government was presuming that a meeting of foreign ministers, which would be held in the French capital on January 15 as part of the French Peace Initiative, would see the adoption of a series of decisions regarding the peace process, adding that those decisions would be voted on and adopted by the U.N.S.C. before January 20.
In the same context, sources close to the matter told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Monday that they hoped the Paris meeting would further consolidate and push forward the peace process.
Back to Tel Aviv, a high-ranking Israeli official said that during a meeting of Israel’s Security Cabinet on Monday, officials discussed the possibility that a new set of measures unfavorable to Israel might be agreed in Paris and be voted for by the U.N. Security Council before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office on January 20.
Speaking to a weekly meeting of his Cabinet, Netanyahu said Israel was considering a “plan of action” against the U.N., without elaborating.
“We will do all it takes so Israel emerges unscathed from this shameful decision,” Netanyahu said.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman strongly criticized the upcoming Middle East peace conference in Paris, labeling it a “scheme” designed to hurt Israel’s reputation and likening it to the infamous trial of French Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus.
“There is only one difference between what they are planning in Paris [and the Dreyfus affair], last time there was only one Jew on the stand and now all of the people of Israel and the entire state of Israel,” Lieberman was quoted by Israeli media as saying.