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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized some European governments for siding with the Palestinians over a bid at the UN that demands the withdrawal of the Tel Aviv regime from occupied territories.
“I said that the attempts of the Palestinians and of several European countries to force conditions on Israel will only lead to a deterioration in the regional situation and will endanger Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on Monday.
“Therefore, we will strongly oppose this,” he added.
The Israel premier said that Tel Aviv would firmly reject any UN move to dictate a time-frame for withdrawal from the land Palestinians seek for a state.
Palestinians are set to submit an Arab-backed draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as early as Wednesday that calls for the recognition of a Palestinian state and sets a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Palestinian envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour said Sunday that talks are underway with European countries – in particular France, Britain and Germany – over the Paris-spearheaded bid.
The British and French parliaments have voted overwhelmingly in support of Palestinian statehood in non-binding resolutions.
On November 29, 2012, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status to non-member observer state.
Over the past months, the Palestinian national unity government has been pushing for a UN resolution that determines the borders of a future Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 lines. The Tel Aviv regime has been angered by the motion.
Israel occupied the Palestinian territories of East Jerusalem al-Quds, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank during the Six-Day War of 1967. Tel Aviv withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but its forces have been carrying out regular deadly forays into the besieged sliver ever since the pullout.
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