Palestinian Bid for Statehood

The bid for full Palestinian statehood at the U.N. may appear to be diplomatically doomed but by putting it on the agenda the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appears to have galvanized Palestinians throughout the West Bank. And that may well influence the shape of any new efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace.



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Palestinian Bid for Statehood - Linda Sobeh Ali

Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, got an enthusiastic welcome in the West Bank over the weekend ... as he returned home from making a pitch for recognization of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations. Speaking to a crowd of supporters in Ramallah, President Abbas said he would not negotiate with Israeli leaders until they stopped building settlements.

On Friday, President Abbas received a loud ovation from the U.N. General Assembly when he said no one with a shred of conscience would reject his application to become a full member status. But whether he can turn that enthusiasm into tangible results remains to be seen.

The UN Security Council is expected to discuss the bid today, but an actual vote could take months away, and if it does get that far, the United States has vowed to use its veto power to kill the bid. The U.S. and Israel both say the only way to Palestinian statehood is through negotiations with Israel. But Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says statehood recognition would help spur the negotiations. We aired a clip from Saeb Erekat speaking from Ramallah yesterday.

Linda Sobeh Ali is the Charge D'Affaires for the Palestinian General Delegation to Canada ... the top Palestinian diplomat in Ottawa. She joined us from our Ottawa studio.

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