Palestinian statehood bid

23/09/11

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.

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