Palestinians Expected to Press UN for Statehood

EU Expected to Back Call, Despite Israeli Outrage

The Israeli government is poised to be officially outraged tonight amid expectations that Palestinian diplomats will ask the United Nations Security Council to recognize a unilateral Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

Israeli Ambassador Shalev is already scheduled to address the UN assembly tomorrow to express opposition to the “one-sided” call for Palestinian statehood and to declare that the international body is misguided for even considering it.

Still, the Palestinian movement is expected to receive a shot in the arm in the form of European Union support, as Israeli media outlets are reporting the multi-national organization’s foreign minister will call for the formal division of Jerusalem and would recognize unilateral statehood for Palestine.

Though President Obama has come out in favor of a Palestinian state in theory, his administration has angrily condemned reports that the Palestinians might push for a unilateral declaration, and is widely expected to veto such a move.

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