Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his new attempt to get the United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank was specifically designed to win U.S. support.
The Palestinians have drafted a proposal and are lobbying for a Security Council resolution that would declare West Bank settlements illegal and an “obstacle to peace.”
The U.S. has said it does not support the move. Israel has said it’s an attempt by the Palestinians to avoid negotiations.
Speaking in Brazil on Thursday, Abbas said the Palestinian draft used the “same words” as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has in criticizing settlements.