Spain to recognize Palestinian state at UN
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
November 28, 2012 - 12:00am


MADRID — Spain's foreign minister says Spain will vote in favor of recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly this week.


Palestinians predict historic UN vote on statehood
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
November 27, 2012 - 12:00am


UNITED NATIONS — The Palestinians predicted a historic U.N. vote recognizing their statehood this week, praising important new support from France on Tuesday and likely backing from other European nations seen as critical to enhancing their international standing.


Misguided UN bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
(Editorial) November 27, 2012 - 12:00am


Tomorrow, November 29, the PLO will attempt to erase a colossal historic mistake. Sixty-five years to the day after foolishly squandering their opportunity for national self-determination by rejecting the 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine and instead launching a war to snuff out the Jewish State at its very inception, the Palestinian people – under the PLO’s leadership – hope to go back in time.


Israel Missed Its Chance—Again
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Carlo Strenger - (Opinion) November 27, 2012 - 12:00am


Abbas’s bid for UN recognition of Palestine as a non-member state seems set to succeed. Israel has missed another golden opportunity to capitalize on this move to undermine Islamist extremism and assure Israel’s future as the democratic homeland of the Jews.


France to Vote in Favor of Palestinians’ U.N. Bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Christine Hauser, Scott Sayare - November 27, 2012 - 12:00am


PARIS — Support in Europe for a heightened Palestinian profile at the United Nations grew on Tuesday when the French government said it would vote in favor of the Palestinians’ bid for nonmember observer status, embracing a move that Israel and the United States have opposed.


Hamas chief voices support for Palestinian UN bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 26, 2012 - 12:00am


RAMALLAH, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal said Monday that he supports Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his upcoming bid for an upgraded Palestinian status in the United Nations.


Abbas heads to NY ahead of UN statehood bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - November 26, 2012 - 12:00am


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to head to New York on Monday to seek the UN’s approval for upgrading the PA’s status to non-member observer.


PLO: Vote against Palestine at UN will signal that only armed struggle works
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - November 26, 2012 - 12:00am


Four days before the United Nations vote on recognition of Palestine as a non-member state, the Palestine Liberation Organization says it is expecting a "pleasant surprise" in the UN General Assembly in New York. According to PLO sources, representatives of seven more European countries have indicated they will vote to admit Palestine as a non-member state.


Senators Cardin and Collins warn Abbas about U.N. bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
November 22, 2012 - 12:00am


(JTA) -- U.S. Sens Ben Cardin and Susan Collins sent a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposing any unilateral attempts to pursue non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly.


Abu Mazen wants a state, not the right of return
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shaul Arieli - (Opinion) November 18, 2012 - 12:00am


On November 29, the Palestinian Authority will ask the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a non-member state. That is on the assumption that pressure on the PA to delay until after the election in Israel does not bear fruit. Many of those close to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas consider this step to be the last bullet in his revolver and the final chance of renewing the negotiations with Israel Apparently that explains the moderate text it is expected to contain.



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