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Arab League Pushes for Resubmitting Palestinian Statehood Resolution at UN

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The Arab League is making efforts to resubmit a Palestinian resolution to the UN that calls for Israeli withdrawal from disputed territories. – The Arab League on Thursday authorized its members to seek international support for resubmitting a Palestinian resolution to the United Nations Security Council that calls for Israel’s withdrawal from the disputed territories by 2017.

The decision comes after Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas called on the Arab League to help revive the resolution after the UN Security Council rejected it in December.

At Thursday’s Arab League meeting, several Arab countries got the go-ahead to take “the necessary communications and consultations to submit a new Arab proposal to the Security Council,” according to a statement cited by the AFP news agency. The Arab ministers supported the PA’s efforts to join international bodies such as the International Criminal Court and authorized a “financial security net” of $100 million for the Palestinians. The Arab League also expressed “absolute” opposition to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state and condemned Israel for attempting to “Judaize” Jerusalem through its Temple Mount policy, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Jordan, which submitted the defeated U.N. resolution in December on the Palestinians’ behalf, is the lone Arab member on the U.N. Security Council.

Earlier this month, Israel announced it would withhold Palestinian tax revenue that it collects as a punishment for the PA’s bid to join the ICC.

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