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U.N. hearing Palestinian resolution on proposed peace deal

U.N. hearing Palestinian resolution on proposed peace deal
Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour speaks to reporters Tuesday. In the background is Mauritanian Ambassador Sidi Mohamed Boubacar. (Seth Wenig / AP)

The United Nations Security Council planned to convene a meeting Tuesday afternoon to take up a Palestinian demand for a resolution calling for a peace deal with Israel within a year, U.N. officials announced.

The proposal, vehemently opposed by Israel, also calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories within three years.

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If the issue is put to a vote, the United States will be forced to exercise its veto, a move it has sought to avoid.

U.S. officials contend the Palestinian action would be counterproductive because it would sidestep negotiations over Israeli-Palestinian issues. But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has pushed for a vote anyway in hopes of building international support for Palestinian demands for statehood.

Abbas has won the support of Arab states, which have united behind a draft proposal. Israel strongly opposes the Palestinians' efforts to gain diplomatic leverage through action at the United Nations.

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