The Palestinian bid for longed-for although indirect recognition as a state is expected to pass easily when presented to the 193-nation General Assembly in New York on Thursday.
There are dissenters, though; a handful of states, including Israel and the US, are expected to vote against.
US diplomats have made a last-ditch attempt to persuade Mahmoud Abbas to opt for dialogue with Israel.
“The path to a two state solution that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian people is through Jerusalem and Ramallah and not New York” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters.
A few European member states have voiced doubts but, despite their objections, almost half of the 27 have pledged their support. There is also strong backing from the developing world.
In Ramallah, the feeling is that the US is employing the tactics of delay.
“Still, the US has been trying desperately to prevent us, to delay us, to threaten us and so on, and now they understand that this is going to happen and they cannot stop it, they do not have a veto right” said Palestinian negotiator Hanan Ashrawi.
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