U.N. General Assembly is preparing to meet in New York this week. One of the key motions before the U.N is the Palestinian bid for statehood. On Friday, Mahmoud Abbas will address the General Assembly and request for a Palestinian Stat consisting of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, throught the U.N Security Council. It must be noted that peace process has not gone very far with Israel, will Israel is expanding its settlement. (the reason for the move by PA authority leader in the first place).
What will happen?
UN security concil consists of 15 members. 9 votes are needed for the statehood to be considered. U.S officials are telling Palestinians they will fall short, while Palestinians are certain they will get the 9 votes. If U.N security council approves this motion (i.e at least 9 votes) then U.S may step in and use its veto power.
The 15 members of U.N security council and how they may vote:
1:Brazil 2:China 3:Colombia 4:France 5:Gabon 7:Germany 8:India 9:Lebanon 10:Nigeria 11:Portual 12:Russia 13:Sotuth Africa, 14:U.K 15:U.S
Some countries have already come out publically and stated their support for the motion:
While others like Germany and France are sitting on the fence. This is going to be a very interesting week, regardless of the outcome at the U.N.