Palestine Statehood Bid Stalls

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Delegates cheer after they approved the membership of Palestine in a vote of 107-14 with 52 abstentions, during the session of UNESCO's 36th General Conference, in Paris, Monday Oct. 31, 2011.

The United Nations Security Council is unable to make a unanimous decision about Palestine’s push for statehood, officially stalling the bid Friday. The United States has emphatically stated that it will veto a Palestinian bid, something the Palestinian envoy to the U.N. recognized would be a significant obstacle to reaching success in the Security Council. “We thought with diligent diplomatic efforts, with success at the UNESCO, of being admitted in the U.N. system as the state of Palestine…that Palestine would be admitted as a member state,” he said. According to CNN, diplomats say it’s up to Palestine to push for a statehood vote but the chances that it will get even the nine minimum votes necessary to pass through the Security Council seems unlikely.