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Israeli PM rejects Palestinian ultimatum through UN

Israeli PM rejects Palestinian ultimatum through UN
“We will not accept attempts to dictate to us unilateral moves on a limited timetable,” he said in a statement before heading for Rome to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“In the reality in which Islamic terrorism is reaching out to all corners of the globe, we will rebuff any attempt that would put this terrorism inside our home.

“We will stand firm in the face of any diktat.”The Palestinians on Sunday announced they would present a draft resolution to the Security Council on Wednesday setting a two-year deadline for Israel to withdraw from occupied Palestinian territories.

Kerry and Netanyahu were to meet later Monday to discuss the vote, with the US expected to veto the draft. Netanyahu on Sunday ruled out the possibility of a withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem.European countries have been trying to cobble together a draft which would win consensus at the 15-member Security Council, with the new text simply calling for a return to peace talks aimed at achieving a two-state solution.

Palestinians Seek End-of-Occupation Vote this Week

Palestinian officials say that they plan to push for a UN Security Council vote this week on a resolution setting a Nov 2016 deadline for ending Israeli occupation.The announcement came late Sunday after a meeting of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with officials from his Fatah movement and the Palestine Liberation Organization.Officials say the Jordanian-backed resolution is to be submitted by Wednesday.

Another proposal, by France, would set a time limit of two years for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.Israel opposes the resolutions. US Secretary of State is meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Europe to try to find a compromise. US officials say they are not opposed to a new Security Council resolution but that none of the drafts that have been offered so far are acceptable.

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