Arab League Backs Palestinian Push For statehood

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CAIRO (AFP) — The Arab League on Saturday backed President Mahmoud Abbas’ plan to seek UN endorsement for a timetable for declaring an independent state, and rejected recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.

But the extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers, which Abbas attended, did not announce when they would approach the United Nations Security Council.

A statement said the ministers agreed on a plan which includes submitting an “Arab proposal to the United Nations Security Council to end the (Israeli) occupation,” of Palestinian land.

The 22-member bloc also said they support plans by Abbas to said in a statement.

It also backed Palestinian plans to seek membership in UN agencies and international courts.

In 2012, the Palestinians won the status of UN observer state.

With peace talks now bogged down, the Palestinians have warned they would go ahead with plans to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security…

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