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Israeli PM: Either candidate will maintain US peace policy

Published:Monday | November 7, 2016 | 11:00 AM

JERUSALEM (AP):

Israel's leader says he expects the next American administration to back Israel's approach to peacemaking regardless of who is elected president.

Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet yesterday that he expects the United States to stay loyal to its long-standing support for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict being resolved through "direct negotiations without preconditions, and of course not by decisions of the United Nations (UN) and other international institutions".

Previous rounds of negotiations over the establishment of a Palestinian state have broken down and left outbursts of violence in their wake.

Israel opposes foreign initiatives to pressure it into concessions and accuses the UN of an anti-Israel bias.

Israel was most recently outraged by a UNESCO World Heritage Committee resolution that, it said, ignored Judaism's deep ties to a Jerusalem holy site.