Patrick Goodenough – January 15, 2017
(CNSNews.com) – As 70 nations met in Paris in a bid to prod Israel and the Palestinians towards resolving their long conflict, Israel’s prime minister had a message of his own in response, dismissing the high-profile meeting as a vestige of an order that is about to change.
“This conference is among the last twitches of yesterday’s world,” Binyamin Netanyahu said at the opening of a weekly cabinet meeting. “Tomorrow’s world will be different – and it is very near.”
President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration later this week was also on the minds of those gathered in Paris, keenly aware that the next administration has signaled a strongly pro-Israel approach in the months and years ahead.
Of immediate concern for many of the participants is the possibility that Trump may begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, in line with a campaign promise – and in line with U.S. law that three administrations have waived over the past 18 years.