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Netanyahu Expects Continued Support For Israel ‘Whoever Wins’ Election

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The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a public plea Sunday for the US continue its support for Israel and not seek a UN resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “whoever wins” Tuesday’s election.

In an apparent message to incumbent US President Barack Obama, Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet meeting he expects the “United States will remain true to its commitment for many years that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be resolved through direct negotiations without pre-conditions, and of course not through decisions by the United Nations of other international bodies.”

Netanyahu also said ties would remain strong no matter who won Tuesday’s vote.

Members of the Israeli government are worried that before he leaves office in January but after his successor is chosen, Obama may seek to impose or advance a solution to the conflict, or at least set out parameters for how it should be solved. This may manifest itself in the Security Council, where the US could opt not to use its veto against any anti-Israel resolutions.

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