New Zealand circulates UN resolution backing two-state solution for Israel-Palestinian crisis

New Zealand has circulated a draft U.N. resolution reaffirming the two-state solution as the only path to peace between Israel and the Palestinians and calling on the Security Council and key international players to assist the two sides in preparing for negotiations.

But the draft, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, is almost certain to raise objections from the Israelis over its call for a halt to settlement expansion and from the Palestinians over its call to refrain "from referring a situation" concerning Israel to the International Criminal Court.

The Palestinians joined the court in April and the ICC's chief prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes.

The draft demands that Israel and the Palestinians take steps "to end the violence, avoid incitement and protect civilians."