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By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — The United Nations Security Council planned to convene a meeting Tuesday afternoon to take up a Palestinian demand for a resolution calling for a peace deal with Israel within a year, U.N. officials announced.

The proposal, vehemently opposed by Israel, also calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories within three years.

If the issue is put to a vote, the United States will be forced to exercise its veto, a move it has sought to avoid.

U.S. officials contend the Palestinian action would be counterproductive because it would sidestep negotiations over Israeli-Palestinian issues. But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has pushed for a vote anyway in hopes of building international support for Palestinian demands for statehood.

Abbas has won the support of Arab states, which have united behind a draft proposal. Israel strongly opposes the Palestinians’ efforts to gain diplomatic leverage through action at the United Nations.

United Nations Photo via Flickr

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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