Sunday, December 14, 2014

Palestinians Set a 2-Year Limit for Occupied Land; Israeli PM Netanyahu Is Opposed to UN Proposal

The Palestinians are to present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council on December 17 that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (December 14, 2014).

In the past, the United States has used its UN veto power to block moves it sees as anti-Israel, but U.S. officials said they drew a distinction between a unilateral step, and an effort to draw up a multilateral resolution at the UN Security Council, which would have the backing of many nations. Moreover, the Obama administration is currently considering imposing economic sanctions against Israel -- as U.S.-Israeli relations have reached an all-time low -- due to Israel's continued construction of housing on land seized from the Palestinians.

Jordan last month circulated a draft Palestinian text setting November 2016 as a deadline for the end of the Israeli occupation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today rejected all talk of withdrawing from east Jerusalem and the West Bank within two years. He said pulling out now would bring "Islamic extremists to the suburbs of Tel Aviv and to the heart of Jerusalem."

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