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Palestinian Statehood Is Focus of Kerry-Netanyahu Meeting In Rome

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Palestinian officials push for a United Nations resolution calling for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory within two years.

The pair met in Rome for the talks that lasted nearly three hours.

Before the meeting, Netanyahu said he would not allow others to dictate a time frame for Israelis’ withdrawal from land sought for a Palestinian state.

“In recent years, we have repeatedly rebuffed attempts to dictate terms to us which would have harmed Israel’s security and which do not conform to true peace,” the prime minister said.

““This time, too, we will not accept attempts to dictate unilateral, time-bound moves to us. In a reality in which Islamic terror is reaching every corner of the globe, we will rebuff any attempt that would bring this terror into our home, into the State of Israel. … Even if there are dictates, we will stand up to them firmly.”

A Jordanian-drafted resolution calling for Israel to end occupation of Palestinian land could be introduced this week at the U.N. Security Council.

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