Israeli Officials Fear Palestine’s UN Bid Gaining Momentum

Opponents of Statehood Seen Wavering After UNESCO Vote

When Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that Bosnia had committed to voting against Palestinian statehood at the UN Security Council, it was seen as a virtual end to the situation, with only eight members committed to support it and nine needed.

But Israeli officials are once again spooked by the possibility that Palestine will receive full membership, with some of the formerly secure “no” votes seen wavering in the wake of the overwhelming support for Palestine’s UNESCO membership.

France has moved from a seemingly solid “no” vote toward abstaining, and with a number of other nations seen moving toward abstention it is seen increasingly likely that the US will be asked by Israel to veto an otherwise passing vote.

And while Obama seems more than willing to veto Palestinian statehood, the move would be extremely embarrassing if, after a near unanimous vote at UNESCO the US vetoed another passing vote.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of