Palestinian statehood bid
Mahmoud Abbas is to formalise his much anticipated bid for Palestinian statehood in the United Nations today.
Ministers have so far been tight lipped on whether Britain will support the bid, with the most notable exception and supporter being former foreign secretary Jack Straw.
The bid is somewhat of an exercise in political manoeuvring, as it is extremely likely to be vetoed by the USA but it has drawn substantial attention to the Palestinian cause.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak after Mr Abbas to denounce the Palestinian bid.
Jack Straw, former Labour foreign secretary, urges MPs to support Palestinian statehood in a letter sent last week.
Nicolas Sarkozy, in his UN speech, pushes for greater European and Arab involvement in Palestine negotiations.
European diplomat suggests that Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian statehood bid has changed the complexion of the debate.
Diana Buttu, a former Palestinian negotiator, offers analysis of Mahmoud Abbas' statehood bid and criticises the United States for acting as "Israel's lawyer".
Micky Rosenfeld, Israeli police spokesman, anticipates demonstrations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem: