Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is in Bosnia, seeking support as he tries to upgrade the Palestinians’ status at the United Nations.
The Bosnians’ three member presidency is yet to decide if it will back Abbas. Bosnia itself is rather divided. The Muslims and Catholic Croats may side with the Palestinians while the Serbs are likely to support Israel.
Abbas said: “We discussed all issues including the negotiations, the United Nations, and the Arab spring, the Palestinian reconciliation. And we agreed on all these topics.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems unworried. He knows the United States will use its Security Council veto to block full Palestinian statehood.
And Netanyahu believes he can count on US support despite angering Washington by just announcing approval for building 277 more settlement homes on the West Bank. The US called that “deeply troubling” and “counterproductive” to efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.