'All Hell' Breaks Out in Palestine's Statehood Bid
US lawmakers threaten to nix funding
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2011 3:27 PM CDT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures before the start of a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the 66th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters...   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – "All hell has broken out" in Palestine's bid for statehood recognition at the UN, says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The United States has threatened to veto it, Israel opposes it, and dozens of House Democrats have penned a letter saying the US "will reconsider its assistance program" if Palestine keeps pushing. “It’s not a matter of threats," says Abbas, but Washington has told him "that things will be very difficult after September." Abbas says he's under "tremendous pressure."

Last week, Hillary Clinton sent envoys to the Middle East in an effort to restart negotiations between Israel and Palestine, Politico reports. But Israel won't come to the table unless there are zero preconditions; the Palestinians insist Israel accept preconditions, including a reinstated moratorium on building in the West Bank. Now, facing a certain US veto, some Palestinian officials want to upgrade their status from "entity" to "non-member state" at the UN General Assembly. But so far Abbas is sticking with his UN Security Council bid. "Afterwards," he says, "we will sit and decide."

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serfinWI
Sep 20, 2011 7:38 AM CDT
Palestinians and Israelis were offered statehood by the UN back in 1948. Israel accepted, Palestinians did not. Arabs and Palestinians started a war in 1967, they lost along with territory. Now they expect the UN to offer them statehood again and territory they lost in a war they started. Israel has every right to build and settle (with immigrants) in land they won in war. Just ask the Native Americans.
jgarbuz
Sep 20, 2011 6:34 AM CDT
26% of Israelis are non-Jews, mostly Muslim Arab coitizens of the Jewish state, but the so-called "settlers" living in the West Bank make up only 10% at most! If over 1/4 of Israel's citizens can be non-Jews, why can't 10% of the citizens of any future Palestinian state be Jews? How can Jews NOT be allowed to live in Judah or Samaria? The very word "Jew" comes from Judah! King David was king of Judah,not a "Palestinian." Jesus allegedly is of the line of David, hence a Judean, or Jew.
Colonel_Sanders
Sep 19, 2011 10:18 PM CDT
This has nothing to do with the interests of the American people.