Call for Is­raeli timetable

Lesotho Times - - International -

NEW YORK — The Pales­tinian UN am­bas­sador says his gov­ern­ment is ready to see if the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has “the po­lit­i­cal will” to adopt a res­o­lu­tion with a dead­line for end­ing Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion and es­tab­lish­ing a Pales­tinian state.

Riyad Man­sour said adop­tion of a res­o­lu­tion with a timetable would be “one of the most ef­fec­tive mea­sures to com­bat ex­trem­ism in our re­gion, be­cause ex­trem­ists re­ceive their fuel from the injustice of the Pales­tinian peo­ple”.

Last year, the coun­cil re­jected a three­year timetable to end Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion.

Man­sour said on Mon­day the United States holds the key.

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has said he will re­assess US pol­icy to­ward Is­rael fol­low­ing Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu’s com­ment be­fore last month’s elec­tion that he would not al­low the estab­lish­ment of a Pales­tinian state on his watch. — AP

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