Waiting game–UN will take weeks on Palestinian bid
Palestinians still working on getting required nine votes; United States set to use veto at Security Council; Netanyahu says he is willing to hold direct talks
September 25, 2011 12:42 by Reuters
…equal footing. Israel sees the UN bid as an attempt to erode its own legitimacy.
Palestinians want to establish a state in the Gaza Strip, a coastal enclave controlled by Islamist Hamas who oppose peace talks, and in the West Bank with East Jerusalem as the capital, land Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War. (By Ali Sawafta; Additional reporting by Tom Perry in Ramallah; Writing by Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; Editing by Tim Pearce)
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