Negotiators are meeting Sunday in an effort to revive peace talks between Israel and Palestinian officials in advance of a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly at which President Mahmoud Abbas will seek a resolution conferring statehood on Palestine.
A quartet of negotiators is meeting Sunday in New York, the Jerusalem Post reported, even as both sides prepared for a showdown over a possible vote in the General Assembly that could inflame tensions among the participants.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting that the United States could be counted on to veto a resolution that grants full U.N. membership to Palestine if it reaches the Security Council, though he seemed to concede that the vote could succeed in the General Assembly.
Meanwhile, Palestinian officials told The New York Times that they would appeal directly to the Security Council, and that the choice was the best of the options remaining to the country. The others, The Times said, were "surrender or a return to violence."
The Times reports that there is hope that a debate in the Security Council might be a short-cut to the result desired by U.S. and European officials: Israel and Palestinian leaders back at the bargaining table at last.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials are in the Middle East now, the BBC reported, trying to "avert" the Palestinian appeal to the U.N. Palestinian officials plan to file their appeal for full membership on Friday. Netanyahu will address the General Assembly on Wednesday.