The United Nations Security Council met September 26 to begin informal talks on the Palestinian Authority’s application for statehood. The United States and UK oppose statehood, while Russia and France support it.
“It’s highly likely that the consultations will continue for some weeks,” the deputy head of one Western mission to the United Nations told Haaretz. “The Palestinian application is considered an extremely sensitive issue, and in particular, it’s a source of controversy between the Council’s two leading powers, the United States and Russia. Therefore, no quick decision that would produce an official debate and vote is expected.”