Palestinians Skeptical Of Abbas UN Bid

On Nov. 29, the UN General Assembly will consider a resolution to grant non-state observer status in the UN General Assembly. But the effort by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has generated skepticism and antipathy among many Palestinians.

al-monitor Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Nov. 16, 2012. Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades on Friday and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day, in a stinging challenge to Israel's Gaza offensive after an Egyptian bid to broker a truce. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman.

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Nov 18, 2012

RAMALLAH, West Bank— As Israel continues to pound Gaza with air attacks and contemplates a ground invasion, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is preparing his bid for Palestinian non-state membership at the UN General Assembly. The question is: With Gaza on their minds, Abbas’ plummeting popularity and negotiations with Israel at a standstill, are Palestinians paying attention?

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