P.A. Adviser: Failed State Bid Could Spark Violence

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Failure to achieve its bid for unilateral statehood at the United Nations could spark "violence and anarchy," an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday.

"The Americans, British and French leaders are hypocrites and liars," Nimer Hammad told The Jerusalem Post. "They are not any better than [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu."

Palestinian Authority officials are not expecting to garner enough votes at the U.N. Security Council next week to achieve full membership status as an independent Palestinian state, the Associated Press reported.

Full membership requires support by a minimum of nine Security Council member nations and no veto by any of the five permanent members -- U.S., Russia, China, Great Britain and France. 

Britain and France announced they would abstain, and Germany and Portugal appear to be vacillating between abstaining and voting "no." Bosnia may also abstain.

The U.S., which advocates returning to direct negotiations with Israel, promised to veto the bid.  

The P.A. will then seek to upgrade its status in the General Assembly, similar to that of the Vatican, despite earlier remarks by Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki not to settle for anything less than "full member state" status.

Last month, UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural arm, granted full membership to the Palestinian Authority, resulting in a loss of $80 million in U.S. funds, about one-fifth of the agency's budget.

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