Netanyahu said asking cabinet to push back on reported US proposal for Palestinian state

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to ask his cabinet to approve a resolution opposing unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

The statement that the cabinet will be asked to approve also rejects “international diktats,” Kan reports.

The resolution is said to be a last-minute addition to the meeting agenda.

The cabinet is holding its weekly meeting now, with National Unity ministers Benny Gantz and Chili Tropper, both moderates, in attendance for the first time in weeks, after the two avoided the meetings to protest the way Netanyahu ran them.

The request for the government to come out against others recognizing a Palestinian state comes after a Washington Post report that the US and Arab partners were planning to publish a proposal placing a “firm timeline” on the creation of a Palestinian state.

Hardliners had met the reported proposal with anger, and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich had demanded such a statement rejecting Palestinian statehood.

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