Arabs to Propose Resolution to 'End Occupation'

Arab League to propose new resolution calling for end to “Israel's occupation” and plans to later bring it before the UN.

Elad Benari,

Arab League (file)
Arab League (file)
Reuters

The Arab League will on Monday propose a new resolution calling for bringing an end to “Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories”, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported Sunday.

The Arab League said it plans present the resolution to the United Nations Security Council later, according to the report.

"Just and comprehensive peace is a strategic option," the League wrote in the draft resolution, describing Arab-Israeli peace as an "indivisible" and "comprehensive endeavor."

It added that peace would not be achieved without full Israeli withdrawal from all “occupied Palestinian and Arab territories”, including the Golan Heights, according to Anadolu.

The potential resolution also calls for withdrawal from territories in southern Lebanon, the Arab League said.

At the end of December, the Palestinian Authority (PA) tried to pass a resolution, backed by the Arab League, calling on Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria by 2017. The resolution was put to a vote in the UN Security Council, but failed to secure enough votes in favor to pass.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas later said he would go to the UN again, and has continued his unilateral efforts against Israel by applying to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) and threatening to file complaints of war crimes against Israel.

In December’s vote at the UN, the PA’s resolution received eight votes in favor, one short of the number required to pass it.

Reports said that it was Nigeria which made the difference in the resolution failing to pass, as it had been expected to vote in favor but then decided to abstain. The PA responded to Nigeria’s move with anger and called its abstention a “big disappointment”.




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