Abbas refuses international requests to postpone UN bid

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 requests.
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.