Palestinians submit UN statehood bid
By AMY TEIBEL and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian leader took his people’s quest for independence to the heart of world diplomacy Friday, seeking U.N. recognition of Palestine and sidestepping negotiations that have foundered for nearly two decades under the weight of inflexibility, violence and failure of will.
The bid to win recognition of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem – submitted over the objections of the U.S. – laid bare the deep sense of Palestinian exasperation after 44 years of Israeli occupation.
“The time is now for the Palestinian Spring, the time for independence,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared.
“The time has come to end the suffering and the plight of millions of Palestine refugees in the homeland and the diaspora, to end their displacement and to realize their rights.”