The Palestinians already have majority support for the resolution, which they intend to bring to the UN General Assembly. But they feel their efforts would carry more weight if European and other Western nations support them.
The Palestinians believe 12 EU countries could support a unilateral bid to upgrade their status at the UN to that of non-member state later this month.
“In internal discussions five nations have openly said they will support us,” a Palestinian official told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday.The PA push to upgrade its status will not afford it full UN membership. Only the Security Council can grant that. But the move could boost its rights at in the world body and possibly give it the ability to pursue Israel in the International Criminal Court.
Another wave of Palestinian rockets hit the South on Saturday evening, hours after an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza wounded four soldiers as they patrolled the border.
The Palestinian violence threatened to escalate into a major round of fighting, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and military chiefs to discuss Israel’s next steps.
Over 30 rockets and several mortar shells pounded the South, triggering air raid sirens in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gan Yavne and smaller communities.The rockets included eight long-range rockets, landing at Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sderot, the Eshkol Regional Council area and the Be'er Tuviya area.Earlier, terrorists in Gaza, believed to be from Islamic Jihad, fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF jeep on a routine patrol on the Israeli side of the border near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, hitting the vehicle directly, and wounding four soldier from the Givati Brigade.
One soldier was in serious condition with a head injury, two were moderately wounded, and one was lightly wounded, the IDF said. They were airlifted to the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba for emergency treatment.Immediately after the attack, IDF tanks stationed near Gaza opened fire on the area from which the missile was fired.
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