NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: In this handout provided by the Israeli Government Press Office, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Democratic nominee for U.S. president Hillary Clinton at the W Hotel in Union Square September 26, 2016 in New York City. The prime minister met earlier with Republican nominee Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)
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By The Associated Press
November 6, 2016

Israel’s leader says he expects the next American administration to back Israel’s approach to peacemaking regardless of who is elected president.

Benjamin Netanyahu tells his Cabinet Sunday he expects to United States to stay loyal to its longstanding support for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict being resolved through “direct negotiations without preconditions, and of course not by decisions of the U.N. and other international institutions.”

Previous rounds of negotiations over the establishment of a Palestinian state have broken down and left outbursts of violence in their wake.

Israel opposes foreign initiatives to pressure it into concessions and accuses the U.N. of an anti-Israel bias.

Israel was most recently outraged by a UNESCO World Heritage Committee resolution that it said ignored Judaism’s deep ties to a Jerusalem holy site.

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