Palestinians Vow to Test Bid for Statehood at United Nations
Interview with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, or PLO, and president of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, is traveling to the opening session of the United Nations in New York this week, where he says he intends to apply for membership as the world's 194th state in the UN Security Council. If he does, the U.S. has promised to use its veto to defeat the proposal. Further, the U.S. consul general in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein, has stated that the U.S. would cut aid to the Palestinian Authority if the PLO moves ahead with its U.N. bid for statehood.