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    Israeli PM Netanyahu Refused to Prolong Hebron Int'l Observers' Mandate

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that he had decided not to renew the mandate of the international observer mission in the city of Hebron in the West Bank.

    "We will not allow the further presence of an international structure, which is acting against us," Netanyahu's office quoted him as saying.

    The mission, dubbed the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), which was established in the mid-1990s, monitors the situation in a city that is divided between Israelis and Palestinians and is considered one of the most volatile hotspots of the Middle East conflict.

    In summer 2017, Israel threatened to cut payments to the United Nations for "anti-Israel bias." At the same time, earlier that year Israel had already cut it's annual payments to the UN by $6 million in response to the December 2016 UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 


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