Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has turned down requests from the
US, France, Germany and Britain to postpone his plan to ask the UN this week to
upgrade the status of a Palestinian state to non-member observer, PA officials
in Ramallah revealed.
The officials told the PA's official mouthpiece,
Al-Ayyam,, that Abbas was determined to pursue his statehood bid despite the
The officials expressed hope that the recent IDF operation in
the Gaza Strip would increase the number of countries that would vote in favor
of upgrading the status of a Palestinian state.