September 13th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

US rushes envoys back to Middle East

By Elise Labott at the State Department and Kevin Flower in Jerusalem

The top two U.S. officials dealing with Middle East peace talks, the special envoy for Middle East peace David Hale and National Security Council’s Dennis Ross, are headed back to the region, US officials tell CNN.

The American move comes the same day a senior Palestinian official said the Palestinian Authority will seek international recognition for statehood in the United Nation’s Security Council.

“We are going to the UN and to the Security Council and we will ask for full membership for a Palestinian state in the borders of 1967," said Palestine Liberation Organization official Mohammed Shtayyeh in a briefing Tuesday with reporters.

The declarative statement from Shtayyeh comes amidst various reports that the Palestinian Authority would limit its quest for international recognition to the United Nations General Assembly where the Palestinian bid is expected to win a commanding majority of votes.

Taking the issue of UN membership to the Security Council would put the Palestinian Authority on a collision course with the Obama administration which has pledged to veto the move and warned Palestinian officials that it could lead to a reduction in American aid.

Shtayyeh said that recent discussions with the European Union and Quartet of Middle East peace makers (the UN, EU, Russia, and the United States) had yielded no serious proposal for the resumptions of talks with Israel.

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  1. pokey

    i think that this statement was VERY bold and should be posted internationaly for everyone to see! STAND FOR THE PEOPLE

    September 15, 2011 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • greedy banker

      No matter what, the zionist spy agency AIPAC will blackmail or bribe our Congress into pushing for whatever israel wants – and israel want perpetual war with all Arabs countries that is against it – until the zionists start WW3 – coming soon and starting with Iran.

      Everything else is pure baloney.

      September 15, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
  2. History Observer

    The United State's foreign policy is not to prevent Palestinian statehood.
    The United States governmnet does not oppose Palenstine's membership in the UN.
    Read the entire article and feel free to research the real issue.
    Israel and Palenstine do not agree on the borders, and Israel will not accept a return to 1967 borders.
    This has been contested and debated to death between Israel and Palestine for years.
    Palestine hopes to force a decision in the court of World Opinion.
    Actual borders will not be mandated without approval fron the UN Security Council. US will not abandoned Israeli interests in the matter.
    Get it?

    September 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • marilynn

      It would be good for the Palestinians to have their own land, if it mens that they will spend their time building their economy, growing good paying jobs, creating trade and living in peace with their neighbours.

      However since one requirement of statehood is that you control the land you wish to declare statehood over, it's ridiculous to suggest the UN will give them control of the 67 borders. The Palestinians didn't control it then, Jordan did!! And since they chose to declare war in 67, they took a chance that they might win, or they might lose. Guess what? THEY LOST. What do you think this is, a game of do-over??

      September 15, 2011 at 12:14 am | Reply
  3. Eddy

    Obama will do what is best for America. Israel is the ONLY ally we have. Egypt is gone and Jordan has been compromised. We have no choice but to side with the Israelis.

    September 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  4. Byron

    I think Obama will lose a lot of credibility with the American people as a whole, if his administration vetoes such a proposal. I do not think vetoing this proposal is in line with the desires of the majority of the American people. The Palestinians have a right to their own country.... there is nothing our administration can say and there is nothing the Israelis can say to undermine that fact.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • ken

      Pretty bold statement saying you know what the majority of the American people want. Where do you get your numbers from? There is no formal solution put on the table but he (Obama) is saying whatever the Palestinians decide this is not the route to achieve it. So quit trying to represent the American people as a whole.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  5. Mosbah Kushad

    Mr. Obama will be destroying what is left of America's credibility in the Arab world and will most likely lose nearly 8 million Muslim votes in the next election if he veto’s the Palestinian legitimate right to join the UN.

    September 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Reply

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