U.N. set for implicit recognition of Palestinian state, despite U.S., Israel threats
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The the United States and Israel to punish the by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government.is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by
A Palestinian resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority'sobserver status from "entity" to "non-member state," like the Vatican, is expected to pass easily in the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly.
Palestinians., the United States and a handful of other members are planning to vote against what they see as a largely symbolic and counterproductive move by the
The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and U.S. Middle East peace envoy David Hale traveled to New York on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to get Abbas to reconsider.
The Palestinians gave no sign they were turning back.