US not keen to veto Palestinian state

Tue May 17, 2011 1:11PM

Former Israeli ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev
Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations has said the US is not interested in vetoing the possible UN recognition of a Palestinian state.

“The United States is not interested in vetoing the UN’s recognition of a Palestinian state,” Gabriela Shalev was quoted as saying by Israeli daily Ha’aretz on Tuesday.

She said the United Nations is currently the foremost place for engaging activities against Israel, adding that Israel’s current status at the world body is at an all-time low.

“Israel has no chance of dealing with the Palestinian move in the General Assembly,” Shalev said.

Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas has said he will ask the United Nations General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state in September.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before Israel captured East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians appear to have a majority in the General Assembly, but they are unlikely to get the go-ahead in the Security Council, where the US routinely vetoes anti-Israeli measures.

The US House of Representatives in January passed a resolution “condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state.”

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