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Arab foreign ministers said on Monday they will back Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's efforts to lobby the United Nations to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

The PA’s ambassador to Egypt, Jamal al-Shobaki, said that the Arab League resolution issued a day earlier calls for the head of the Arab League to push the idea in the UN Security Council and other regional and international groups.

Al-Shobaki said the foreign ministers are consulting over the draft resolution to be put to the council, according to AP.

Abbas floated the idea last month as a way to refocus international attention on his demands for a state after failed efforts to reach a negotiated peace deal with Israel. The move is a unilateral one and is in direct violations of the Oslo Accords.

In 2012, the PA unilaterally turned to the United Nations and received recognition as a non-member observer state by the General Assembly.

Since then, the PA has threatened several times that if peace talks fail, it would turn to international institutions and seek to sue Israel in the International Criminal Court.

In April, the PA requested to join 15 international agencies in breach of the conditions of the peace talks that were going on with Israel at that time.

In response, Israel cancelled the fourth terrorist release "gesture" and subsequently pulled out of the talks altogether, after the PA signed a unity pact with Hamas.