Palestinians say will go to Security Council for statehood vote
Eskinder DEBEBE (UNITED NATIONS/AFP)
The Palestinian Authority's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday that a request would be submitted in February to the United Nations Security Council to hold a vote on recognizing a Palestinian state.
According to Palestinian media, Dr Tayseer Jadarat said that the request would be presented after "consultation and co-ordination" with other Arab countries at the UN.
Such a move would almost certainly be shot down by the United States, who have veto power in the global body's top council.
It may however garner support from Russia, and would be a test of the level of support for the Palestinians from the United Kingdom, France and China.
In 2012 the UN overwhelmingly granted 'Palestine' non-state observer status through a vote in the General Assembly despite a fierce diplomatic campaign mounted by Israel.
In recent weeks US President Donald Trump has warned the Palestinian leadership they must begin to "want peace" and end their boycott of the United States if they do not wish to be cut off from US financial support.
Ramllah cut ties with the White House after Trump's decision last year to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and further angered them by later suggesting he had taken the issue "off the table" altogether.
The Palestinians claim the eastern part of the holy city as the capital of a hoped-for future state.
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