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Israel rejects that demand, arguing that previous rounds of talks moved ahead in tandem with settlement construction.

Israel annexed east Jerusalem in 1967 after capturing it from Jordan. It does not consider the Jewish neighborhoods it has built there to be settlements even though the international community makes no such distinction and does not recognize Jerusalem’s annexation.

About 500,000 Jews have made their homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank since 1967.

Adding to the potential for political tension is the Palestinians’ plan for even a symbolic endorsement of statehood by the United Nations.

At home, they are trying to whip up enthusiasm through a series of mass rallies. But after two bloody uprisings against Israel, the Palestinians have little appetite for a third, and officials drafted a plan to keep the rallies peaceful, they said Wednesday.

Under the plan shown to the Associated Press, marches and rallies inside West Bank cities are permitted, but the gatherings will be confined to city limits. Demonstrators will be kept away from flash points such as Israeli settlements and military checkpoints. Palestinian police would ring West Bank cities to keep protesters far from Israelis.

A wild card in the deck is Gaza, which is run by the Islamic militant group Hamas. The group is disdainful of the statehood plan to be implemented at the U.N. and likely will not organize protests to support it. But if violence erupts in the West Bank, Gaza could be expected to follow.

Israeli officials disagree over what might happen in September.

One government-commissioned study said the rallies likely will be peaceful, but Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has predicted “unprecedented violence.”

Associated Press writer Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank, contributed to this article.