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U.S. Risks Arab Rift, Violence Over Palestinians’ UN Bid

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The Obama administration’s focus on stopping Palestinians from gaining statehood recognition at the United Nations has diverted U.S. attention from the possible fallout from the showdown in New York -- a breach with Arab allies and a spark for violence in the Middle East.

U.S. officials have invested so much diplomatic energy in pressing Palestinians to drop their UN bid and lobbying 150 nations to oppose it that there has been little planning to contain blowback on American interests from disappointment and anger in the Arab world, according to three U.S. officials who weren’t authorized to speech publicly on the subject.