UN will recognize Palestinian state: Poll

Almost half of the Palestinians living in the occupied territories believe that the United Nations will recognize an independent Palestinian state, a new survey shows.

The poll, conducted by a German organization, revealed that 51% of Palestinian respondents assume that the Palestinian Authority’s planned request to become a full UN member state will be accepted while 37% believe in the opposite.

Twelve percent said they had no idea what the outcome would be.

A total of 1,100 people took part in the phone survey, which was conducted between August 13 and 15, nearly one month ahead of the planned request.

The application for the international recognition of Palestinian statehood has been reportedly submitted to the UN and the UN General Assembly will vote on the issue in two weeks.

The future Palestinian state would include the West Bank and Gaza, with East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital. The PA says it believes that more than 130 countries would recognize the state of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders.

Israel and the US have strongly opposed the planned Palestinian bid. Washington has repeatedly said that it would veto the move at the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile, many Palestinian groups have expressed opposition to the Palestinian Authority’s move, saying that it will legitimize the Israeli occupation of other Palestinian lands.

(www.presstv.ir / 07.09.2011)

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