Abbas: Seeks Israeli pullout resolution Thursday

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Abbas says he will submit a resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday seeking a three-year timetable for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian lands.

Abbas tells reporters that the resolution will be handed in immediately after he speaks at the U.N. General Assembly.

The Palestinians are aware that the United States will almost certainly veto such a resolution, having said the only resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is through direct negotiations between the two sides.

A day earlier, Abbas said if the U.N. rejects his appeal for action he would then seek membership in international institutions and agencies. Aides said that would include the International Criminal Court, opening the door to war crimes charges against Israel for its military actions in Gaza.

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