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Palestinian UN resolution seeks two-year deadline to end Israeli occupation
Monday December 15, 2014 7:30 PM, IINA

Palestinian officials are set to present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council seeking a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, Al Jazeera website reported.

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"The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the Security Council next Wednesday to vote ... to end the occupation," senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) member Wassel Abu Yussef told the AFP news agency on 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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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 U.S., which has veto power, as 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, saying pulling out now would bring "Islamic extremists to the suburbs of Tel Aviv and to the heart of Jerusalem".

The U.S., Israel's closest ally, has consistently 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.

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