Palestinians ask for UN membership

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas handed a letter requesting full United Nations recognition for Palestine today in advance of his address to the General Assembly. Last-gasp efforts to breathe life into the stalled Middle East peace talks proved unsuccessful in persuading Palestinians to drop their bid. The Security Council is expected to take up the issue next week. The U.S. has made clear it intends to veto any measure offering Palestine the status of an independent member country.

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