US officials: Obama has nearly ruled out UN action on Israel

US President Barack Obama answers questions during his news conference at the Asia-Pacific obama-peru-apec-summi_horo1-e1479689186545-635x357Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Lima, Peru, November 20, 2016. Obama (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sources say Trump’s victory put kibosh on internal discussions about last-ditch peace attempt

BY JOSH LEDERMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, US officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel’s government as he leaves office.

Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama for more than a year had considered giving a major speech describing his vision for a future peace deal or, in a more aggressive step, supporting a United Nations resolution laying out parameters for such a deal. Although the goal would be to impart fresh urgency to the moribund peace process, either step would have been perceived as constraining Israel’s negotiating hand while strengthening the Palestinians’ argument on the world stage.

Discussions about those potential maneuvers, underway before the US election, have fallen off since Donald Trump’s surprise victory, officials said. Obama is now highly unlikely to approve either of those options presented to him by US diplomats, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to discuss internal deliberations and requested anonymity.

Officials left open the possibility that Obama could address the Mideast issue in a more limited way, short of weighing in on the contours of a future peace accord, before leaving office.

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