Netanyahu presents resolution calling US Palestinian statehood proposal ‘prize for terror’

Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on February 17, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on February 17, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office confirms in a statement that he has presented his cabinet with a resolution rejecting unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, pushing back against a reported US plan to propose a “firm timeline” on the creation of a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu tells ministers he is bringing them the statement to sign off on, “in light of comments heard lately in the international community on an attempt to force a Palestinian state on Israel unilaterally.”

According to the PMO, the resolution reads:

Israel rejects out-of-hand international diktats on a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. A settlement such as this can only be reached via direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions. Israel will continue to oppose unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition, after the massacre of October 7, will award a massive prize for terror, an unprecedented prize, and prevent any future peace agreement.

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