Lapid Urges World Leaders to Prevent ICJ Opinion on Israel’s ‘Occupation’

(Reuters) —
The International Court of Justice, the Hague.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday urged world leaders to block a Palestinian bid at the United Nations for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on “Israel’s occupation,” the Prime Minister’s office said.

In a letter, Lapid asked more than 50 heads of state, including those of the U.K. and France, to pressure the Palestinian Authority, and prevent it from promoting the resolution at the General Assembly.

The resolution, approved by a U.N. committee in early November, asks that the ICJ to “urgently” weigh in on Israel’s “prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of the Palestinian territory,” which it said were violating the Palestinians’ right to self-determination.

U.S.-sponsored negotiations stalled in 2014.

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