Government officials say US pressure aimed at halting settlement construction will increase after midterm elections; Arab League’s Follow-up Committee set to convene in a month to review alternatives proposed by Abbas
The Arab League has given the US a month to pressure Israel into freezing construction in its West Bank settlements and jumpstart the peace negotiations, and officials in Jerusalem fear the pressure will increase in November, following the midterm elections.
Senior officials said the Arab League’s decision prevents the possibility that Israel would be blamed for the collapse of the peace talks, but one of them added, “The pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will increase with the conclusion of the midterm elections in the US.”
A minister who is close to Netanyahu said “things will become more difficult” for the PM after the midterm elections in the US.
Meanwhile, the Arab League’s Follow-up Committee said it would meet in a month to review the alternatives proposed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in case the US fails to convince Israel to halt settlement construction, Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement.
Rudeina referred to the possibility that the Arab League would support an appeal on behalf of the Palestinians to the American administration and the UN’s Security Council, to recognize a Palestinian state along the ’67 borders.
“Israel’s illegal actions prove it is insisting on continuing and broadening the occupation,” the spokesman said.