Following the submission of the Palestinian application for UN membership and ensuing statehood recognition, the United Nations Security Council is set to discuss the matter for the second time this week on Wednesday. The topic was first brought before for discussion in the Council on Monday. According to a report on the UN News Centre website, citing the ambassador to the UN from Lebanon—the rotating president of the Council for this month—Wednesday’s meeting is expected to be when they refer the UN bid to the appropriate committee for consideration.
It remains to be seen when a final vote on the Palestinian statehood bid will take place. The final tally in the vote is also unclear, although the United States has in the past pledged to veto such a resolution, should that be necessary. The discussion comes as the Mideast Quartet—the US, Russia, the European Union and the UN—have put forth their own peace proposal. … Continue Reading