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US threatens to veto Palestine UN bid
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The administration of US President Barack Obama (C) administration has threatened to veto the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN Security Council.
The United States has once again threatened that it will veto the Palestinian Authority (PA)'s bid at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seeking the recognition of statehood for Palestine.


US President Barack Obama's administration said that it offers an initiative for the resumption of talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials, the New York Times reported.

The latest proposal for renewed talks is aimed at hindering the UN vote on Palestinian statehood and persuading acting PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas to drop the bid.

Washington has repeatedly threatened to veto the bid by the PA to seek statehood for Palestine at the UNSC.

The United States cannot block the UN General Assembly vote for the change of Palestine's status in the world body from entity to state, but it can veto it later at the Security Council.

Earlier last month, the US State Department urged more than 70 countries to oppose any unilateral moves by the Palestinians at the United Nations, arguing that the votes would destabilize the region.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV, analyst Stephen Sneigoski said the pressure on US [lawmakers] by Israeli lobbies is discouraging “real” politicians from coming forward in support of Palestine's efforts to gain statehood.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before Israel captured and annexed East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian officials have been campaigning to achieve UN recognition for an independent state based on the pre-1967 borders at the UN General Assembly meeting in September.

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