Palestinians still hope they can persuade the U.S. to support their recognition as an independent state at the United Nations in September, an envoy said.
Arab nations and the Palestinian Authority are set to ask the United Nations Security Council to demand that Israel halt settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Authority is pressing for a vote by Jan. 19 in the United Nations Security Council on a resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement construction, an action that may force the Obama administration to cast its first UN veto.
Palestinians asked the United Nations for assistance in halting Israel’s week-long campaign of arrests and airstrikes following the suspected kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
"The international community, including the Security Council, cannot continue to fail to act to hold Israel accountable for its flagrant breaches of the law."
- Riyad Mansour on Jun 21, 2014