Palestinians Demand UN Recognition of State After Knesset Approves Outpost Bill

In this handout photo provided by the Palestinian Press Office, President Mahmoud Abbas meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry November 24, 2015 in Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Osama Falah/PPO via Getty Images)
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The Times of Israel reports: The Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on the US administration to officially recognize the state of Palestine and support a UN resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in response to Israel’s preliminary approval Monday night of a bill that would legalize outposts.

The so-called Regulation Bill, which was slammed by Israeli opponents as a “land grab” and has been harshly criticized by the US, EU and UN as a breach of international law, sailed through the Knesset, clearing its first legislative hurdle by a count of 60 MKs to 49. Israel’s attorney-general, Avichai Mandelblit, has warned that the bill breaches local and international law.

The Palestinians said in a statement they “welcomed” recent international criticism of Israeli settlements, “especially” by US Secretary of State John Kerry, before the preliminary approval of the Regulation Bill.

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