Obama has nearly ruled out UN action on Israel, US officials say

US President Barack Obama has decided to abandon any last-ditch effort to push for peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians during his last weeks in the White House, according to a new report.

The outgoing president has ruled out putting pressure on Tel Aviv over its refusal to continue peace negotiations with the Palestinians, the AP reported Thursday, citing Obama administration officials.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Obama had been thinking about laying out his favorite solution for the long-running conflict in a major speech. However, he seemed to have shelved the plan forever, they noted.

Obama has also dropped support for a United Nations resolution that would have included parameters for his ideal peace agreement.

The officials said Obama did not want to limit Israel’s options in the negotiations and strengthen the Palestinian side.

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