Draft UN resolution targets Israeli occupation

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Posted: Dec 17, 2014 7:30 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jordan has submitted a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands captured in 1967 to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.

The resolution wants Israeli security forces withdrawn no later than the end of 2017.

Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the Arab-backed resolution does not close the door on further negotiations on the issue, including with the United States. The U.S., as a permanent council member, often has vetoed measures targeting Israel in the past.

The Palestinians have been pressing for some sort of action in the U.N.'s most powerful body. Council member Jordan sponsored the resolution after a day of talks among Arab states.

Israel opposes any suggestion that the council can set a framework for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which broke down in the spring.