November 28, 2012

UN Poised to Offer Palestinians Legal Status

Lynch & Gearan, Washington Post

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The UN General Assembly is poised to recognize Palestine as a "non-member observer state" on Thursday, a move that will strengthen the Palestinians’ legal basis for pursuing possible war-crimes prosecutions against Israeli troops and set up a showdown with the United States and Israel. Supporters hope the vote will provide a desperately needed political boost to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah party has been eclipsed in recent weeks by rival Hamas, the militant movement whose fortunes have risen with those of its Islamist allies in Egypt and elsewhere.

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