The Obama administration is in a diplomatic bind on the Mideast as Secretary of State John Kerry meets with top Israeli and Palestinian officials in Europe this week.

The U.S. is reluctant to do anything right now that can be perceived as interference in Israel's elections while being pressed by close allies to endorse an Israeli-Palestinian negotiating framework that largely adheres to U.S. policy.

France is drafting the U.N. resolution, which would set a two-year timetable for talks.

Washington has long opposed the Security Council imposing a framework for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. But for the U.S., simply vetoing the plan could have pitfalls.

A veto would upset Palestinians and perhaps some Arab allies frustrated by years of diplomatic gridlock. And it might anger European countries that want to broaden peace efforts.