Palestinians declare thrust for U. N. reproach of Israel settlements aimed at peace

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 2:35 AM

N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements is aimed at removing the biggest obstacle to peace and boosting French efforts to broker an agreement, the Palestinian U.

A renewed Palestinian drive to persuade the U. N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements is aimed at removing the biggest obstacle to peace and boosting French efforts to broker an agreement, the Palestinian U. N. messenger said on Tuesday.

Riyad Mansour, permanent Palestinian observer to the United Nations, told a tiny grouping of reporters that Arab delegations have received the draft resolution.

He said the point of putting the draft about Israeli settlements in E Jerusalem and the W Bank forward was "to hold the hope alive, to delete this obstacle from the path of peace, to open doors for peace, (and) to attempt to assistance the French initiative to stand on its feet."

With U. S. efforts to broker a two-state solution in tatters since two thousand fourteen and WA focused on this year'south election, France has been lobbying countries to commit to a conference that'd obtain Israelis and Palestinians back to negotiations about ending their conflict.

Mansour said WA vetoed a similar resolution about Israel'south settlements five years ago because of fears it'd destroy peace talks. But now, he noted, there are number peace talks.

In February two thousand eleven, the United States voted against a draft resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory, though it said at the time its opposition shouldn't be misunderstood as support for settlement activity.

The United States considers Israeli settlements on land the Palestinians wish for a future state to be illegitimate.

Washington hasn't offered substantive comment on the new Palestinian draft, which has fueled speculation in Israeli media the United States is undecided about whether to utilize its reject this time.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be in NY following week to sign the Paris climate agreement. He's expected to meet with French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines, diplomats say, and will likely discuss the Palestinian draft resolution.

So distant Egypt, the sole Arab council member, hasn't formally introduced the text.

Israel'south Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon latest week reacted sharply to Israeli media reports about a possible Palestinian draft resolution on settlements.

"The Palestinians should realize that there are number shortcuts," he said in a statement. "The only way to promote negotiations starts by them condemning terrorism and stopping the incitement, and ends with direct negotiations between the two sides."

(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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