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your UN strategy will not work and that it's time for you to return to negotiations," said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev. "Israel is ready and we hope the Palestinians will rethink their positions."
peace talks. They asked the world body to endorse a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.
While a UN vote would not change the situation on the ground, the Palestinians believe a strong international endorsement would boost their position in negotiations. Israel opposes a pullback to its 1967 lines.
A draft report circulating in the Security Council obtained by The Associated Press shows deep divisions over the Palestinian application for membership. The council's admissions committee is expected to endorse the report on Friday. It remains unclear when the council will actually vote on the issue.
resigned to defeat in UN bid for recognition
They hope that this enhanced status would qualify them for membership on key international bodies where they could push for action against Israel. Last month the Palestinians won membership in the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO.
The Palestinian campaign, launched with a dramatic speech by President Mahmoud Abbas at UN headquarters in September, has fallen onto hard times in recent weeks. While the speech was warmly received, the Palestinians have struggled to muster the nine votes needed in the 15 member Security Council to approve their bid for membership as a state. by putting it odds with the rest of the world.
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Speaking to The Associated Press, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki conceded the Palestinians would not be able to gain enough support in the council.
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The Palestinians have said that if they failed to win full UN membership, they would seek "nonmember state" observer status in the world body.
The Palestinians say they will not return to the negotiating table unless Israel halts settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to stop the construction, which has settled 500,000 Israelis onto lands claimed by the Palestinians, calling for talks without preconditions.
A Palestinian official said Wednesday that the Palestinians have begun lobbying key European countries, particularly France, for support.
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories The Palestinians are resigned to defeat in their quest for full membership at the United Nations, officials said Wednesday, and have started work on their backup plan seeking an upgraded observer status that would give them access to key international organizations.
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"We knew that the Security Council would not be a picnic. But the most important thing here is who is going to win in the final round," he said. "There will be other rounds, and we will never despair."
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