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Posted by wmmbb in Israel-Palestine, Middle East.

The Palestinian Authority will seek to obtain recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN Security Council, despite the opposition of the US.

Still it will not be plain sailing. Gaza will be probably be left out. And the PA may be left, similar to the Vatican with a non-member observer status. Al Jazeera observes:

Full recognition would allow Palestine to vote at the UN, and to join the International Criminal Court and other world bodies.

The PA will have little trouble securing the required two-thirds majority at the General Assembly; more than 120 nations have already promised to support the bid, according to Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator.

But the White House and various other US officials have already pledged to veto the Palestinian bid, and it cannot proceed without Security Council approval.

The bid has received mixed backing in Europe, with the German Government opposed to it. It would seem to have been sensible to organize a joint bid between Fatah and Hamas. It will nevertheless be telling and revealing if the UN that could support Israel in 1948 cannot support a Palestinian nation state in 2011.



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