Palestinian Authority wants US support on settlement problem

AP, Friday 31 Dec 2010

The PA attempt to get US support through calling on the UN to condemn Israel's illegal settlement building

In this 27 September 2010 file photo Israeli earth-moving equipment works in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Netafim, near the West Bank village of Salfit.(AP)

The Palestinian president says his new attempt to get the United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements was specifically designed to win U.S. support.

The Palestinians have drafted a proposal and are lobbying for a Security Council resolution that would declare West Bank settlements illegal and an "obstacle to peace."

The U.S. has said it does not support the move. Israel says it's attempt by the Palestinians to avoid negotiations.

President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinian draft used the "same words" as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has in criticizing settlements.
He says he "doesn't see why" the U.S. would veto the move.

Abbas spoke Thursday in Brazil, which recently recognized the yet-nonexistent state of Palestine.

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