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Abbas Tries to Outflank Hamas With Renewed UN Statehood Bid

Mahmoud Abbas will push again for Palestinian statehood at the United Nations today, trying to seize the momentum from his Hamas rivals who say they’ve proved rocket attacks win more ground from Israel than diplomacy.

A year after U.S. pressure killed his bid in the policy-making Security Council to become the UN’s 194th member, Abbas is taking the lesser step of seeking acceptance of the state of Palestine by the UN General Assembly. The move would upgrade the status of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, headed by Abbas, without making the new state a full UN member. Israel and the U.S. have threatened to cut money flows in response.