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Abbas Continues to Pursue UN Measure on Israeli Withdrawal From West Bank

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before they meet and celebrate iftar, the breaking of the daily fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Amman, Jordan, on July 16, 2013. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

JNS.orgPalestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution outlining Israel’s United Nations-imposed withdrawal from the West Bank. The measure is currently being considered by the U.N. Security Council.

That resolution, which calls for Israeli forces to withdraw by the end of 2017 from the territories the Jewish state took over after the Six-Day War of 1967, was submitted to the U.N. on Wednesday night by Jordan. If the measure gets the nine affirmative votes it needs to pass, the U.S. will be forced to decide whether or not to use its veto power at the Security Council to stop the resolution.

The U.N. resolution “comes in the context of our political battle to liberate the land and end the occupation of the Palestinian state,” Abbas told a Palestinian leadership meeting, the Associated Pressreported.

“We will continue in our consultations with the brothers and friends through deliberations, which will take place in the United Nations,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abbas’s advisor on religious and Islamic affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, said in several sermons in recent months that the ultimate goal of the PA is to claim the entire state of Israel.

“The entire land of Palestine (including all of Israel) is waqf (an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and is blessed land… It is prohibited to sell, bestow ownership, or facilitate the occupation of even a millimeter of it,” Al-Habbash said, the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported in October, according to Palestinian Media Watch.

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