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Palestinians Circulate UNSC Resolution Draft Condemning Israeli Settlements

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian UN Mission says it has circulated a proposed Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements to Arab nations.

The draft was condemned Thursday by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “is taking a step that will push negotiations further away” to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinians refused to provide any details of the resolution, but recalled the 14-1 vote on a Security Council resolution on settlements in February 2011. It was defeated by a U.S. veto.

It would have condemned “illegal” Israeli settlements and demanded an immediate halt to all settlement building.

Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast War and built settlements there. The Palestinians claim those areas as parts of a future state.

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