In Ramallah, Guterres embraces two-state solution


"On behalf of World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder, I would like to stress that your principled public stance against anti-Semitism is admired by Jews around the world", WJC CEO Robert Singer told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a private meeting in Jerusalem.

At the opening remarks of Netanyahu's meeting with the United Nations chief, the prime minister accused the United Nations of failing to prevent arms shipments to the Shiite militant group Hezoballah in Lebanon.

Netanyahu went on to say that, in regard to Israel, the United Nations had failed to live up to its mandate to advance peace and security and global cooperation.

Greenblatt later visited a hospital in northern Israel where Israeli doctors have been treating refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

"He is in favour of a two-state solution and one in which the Palestinians would see an improvement in their economic and social well-being, so that they would have a stake in peace going forward".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday raised the issue in a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Netanyahu instructed police in October 2015 to bar lawmakers from visiting the site in the Old City of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque complex and the Dome of the Rock.

The Palestinians received a boost from Guterres, who assured them the global community remains solidly behind the goal of Palestinian independence and rejects Israeli settlements, which he called illegal and a "major obstacle" to peace.

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The Palestinians have expressed impatience with the White House, which has not yet offered a plan for forging peace despite USA president Donald Trump's early pledges to pursue what he calls "the ultimate deal". To avoid genuine "bias" in their pursuit of peace, future US policymakers will have to accept this fact - and resolve to make indefinite occupation less comfortable for Israel than it now is.

"As UN Secretary-General, I'm committed to combating anti-Semitism", he said.

"This is our land", he also said.

"Needless to say, the administration's policy is 'when not if, '" the source added, referring to statements the USA officials made when signing the waiver promising that the move would take place during Trump's presidency.

"Guterres whom we've known for years and we had hoped would signal a new will on the part of the United Nations leadership to stand up to Israel, we're beginning to see not just a regression, a sense of intimidation and reticence when it comes to Israel", she said.

On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a group of dovish Israeli lawmakers that he had met with Trump officials 20 times, but had no idea what their stance on issues was, describing the administration as "in chaos". The following day he will tour Gaza.

Guterres started his three-day trip to Israel and Palestine on Monday.