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  • Supporters and members of the Palestine community attend a rally for peace in Gaza, in Santiago, August 9, 2014.

    Supporters and members of the Palestine community attend a rally for peace in Gaza, in Santiago, August 9, 2014. | Photo: Reuters

The Israeli prime minister claimed Palestinian authorities are blocking progress to a two-state solution, while Israel continues expanding settlements.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he hoped the United States would continue to reject any move towards a U.N. Security Council resolution backing Palestinian statehood.

"A Security Council resolution to pressure Israel would further harden Palestinian positions and thereby could actually kill the chances of peace for many, many years," he told a meeting of the powerful American-Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbying group.

Netanyahu's speech came after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took to the stage on Monday and denounced President Barack Obama.

AIPAC's leaders distanced the group from his remarks before Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday.

Via satellite from Israel, Netanyahu also said he was ready to begin talks "immediately, without preconditions" for a two-state solution, but insisted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did not back the idea.

Abbas has said a two-state solution could still be on the table despite Israeli occupation and settlement expansion and Israel’s disregard for international law.


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