The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on Saturday rejected a Palestinian application to join the organization as an observer, which one official in Jerusalem said was the result of Israeli diplomatic efforts, Army Radio reported Sunday.

Twenty-eight countries voted against the Palestinian request and 21 voted in favor of accepting the application, according to the report.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Army Radio Sunday that Israeli diplomatic efforts played a role in thwarting the Palestinian application. The Foreign Ministry noted that the United States, Germany and Italy opposed the application.

Turkey also voted against the application, something the Foreign Ministry said could be a sign of improved relations with Ankara, according to the report.

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