Senior US officials this week warned that the Obama Administration will discontinue America’s traditional defense of Israel at the United Nations if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not agree to stop building homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.
The officials were quoted by the New York Times as saying US President Barack Obama is seriously considering no longer vetoing harsh anti-Israel resolutions in the UN Security Council if Netanyahu does not meet his demands regarding the natural growth of Jewish towns beyond the pre-1967 borders.
Netanyahu on Monday responded that he will not halt life in existing Jewish towns and villages in Judea and Samaria. He and other Israeli officials have called the demand that Israel not even allow natural growth in those communities unfair, especially considering the rampant illegal construction by the Palestinians.
"There are reasonable demands and demands that are not reasonable," Netanyahu told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
However, Israeli authorities on Monday did forcibly remove a small unauthorized Jewish outpost in Samaria. Netanyahu did promise Obama that he would remove such outposts, and several have been uprooted since the prime minister’s return from Washington late last month.