An Israeli minister on Thursday (December 18) said a Palestinian-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017, is a "hostile step" against Israel which will only deepen the conflict.

"This Palestinian move is a hostile, extremely unfriendly step against Israel. It's not a step towards peace, it's a step towards war. If you take hostile unilateral steps this is the worst way to promote peace," Minister of Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz said.

The draft resolution was formally submitted by Jordan to the 15-member council on Wednesday (December 17), which means it could be put to a vote as soon as 24 hours later, but it does not guarantee it will happen. Some drafts have never been voted on.