Palestine looks for UN upgrade despite threats
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is moving forward with his plan to seek upgraded observer status at the United Nations next month, despite American and Israeli threats of financial or diplomatic retaliation, officials said yesterday.
The decision sets the stage for a new showdown between Israel and the Palestinians, following last year's attempt by the Palestinians to seek status as a full member state. Although that initiative failed to pass the UN Security Council, it caused months of diplomatic tensions with Israel.
"We will go to the UN regardless of any threats," said Tawfik Tirawi, a senior member of the Fatah movement.