Palestinians May Delay U.N. Bid

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds his hands to his face as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the 66th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Has the U.S. averted a diplomatically disastrous veto? Palestinian leaders said Wednesday that they may delay their bid for statehood at the United Nations General Assembly and instead give the powerful Security Council time to consider the application. "We will give some time to the Security Council to consider first our full membership request before heading to the General Assembly,” said Nabil Shaath, a senior official of the Palestinian president’s Fatah party. Once the request reaches the Security Council—a body of 15 states that has the sole authority to grant membership—a full review could take weeks or even months. The U.S. has vowed to veto a statehood bid.

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