A Palestinian protester holds up his national flag in front of a member of the Israeli security forces during a demonstration on the highway between Jerusalem and Jericho on November 28, 2014
A Palestinian protester holds up his national flag in front of a member of the Israeli security forces during a demonstration on the highway between Jerusalem and Jericho on November 28, 2014 © Abbas Momani - AFP/File
A Palestinian protester holds up his national flag in front of a member of the Israeli security forces during a demonstration on the highway between Jerusalem and Jericho on November 28, 2014
AFP
Last updated: December 14, 2014

Palestinians to seek UN resolution Wednesday on occupation

Banner Icon The Palestinians are to present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, an official said.

"The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the Security Council next Wednesday to vote on their project to end the occupation," senior Palestine Liberation Organisation member Wassel Abu Yussef told AFP Sunday after a meeting in Ramallah.

The Israeli foreign ministry declined to comment ahead of Monday's meeting in Rome between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry arrived in Italy Sunday amid a European-led drive to push moves towards Palestinian statehood, with US officials saying he sought to learn more about the European position.

After Netanyahu called snap elections for March, some Europeans have pointed to a narrow window of opportunity to push a Palestinian resolution at the Security Council.

In the past the United States has consistently used its UN veto power to block moves it sees as anti-Israel, but US 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.

Kerry will fly to London on Tuesday to meet chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

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

But the text ran into opposition from the United States because it set a two-year timetable for the withdrawal of the Israeli army from the West Bank.

Netanyahu on Sunday rejected all talk of withdrawing from east Jerusalem and the West Bank within two years.

Pulling out now would bring "Islamic extremists to the suburbs of Tel Aviv and to the heart of Jerusalem," he said.

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