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Abbas Plea Expected At U.N., So Is U.S. "Nay" Vote

By November 29, 2012

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Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to make another appeal to the United Nations today for a resolution granting Palestine independent state status within that assembly. Such a move, he hopes, would lead to a fully independent Palestinian state on the ground in the Middle East.

Abbas and the the PA control the West Bank region. Abbas saw his influence slip over the Hamas-controlled Palestinian region of Gaza two weeks ago during the eight-day conflict between Hamas and Israel. Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt -- not Abbas -- helped broker a ceasefire in the fighting. Abbas' surely hopes that another U.N. petition might help him reestablish some umbrella authority over all Palestinians.

Don't look for the U.S. to go along with it, though. After a similar appeal last year, the United States said it would not agree to any Palestinian state plan (whether that of observer status in the U.N. or full political status in the Middle East) that did not have Israeli approval first. Word out of the U.S. State Department on November 28, 2012, was that nothing had changed.

While you wait for an official appeal and vote from the U.N., you can check out a bit of history between the U.S. and Palestine here.


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