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- convincing Abbas to drop the idea altogether in return for special favors and enough sweetners to take home to say he got something.
On September 20, Los Times writer Paul Richter headlined, "UN may delay vote on Palestinian statehood application," saying:
The plan calls for putting off a vote indefinitely to avoid an embarrassing US veto and let Washington try to restart peace talks that never worked before and won't now.
It "would also keep $600 million a year in American aid and other international assistance flowing to the Palestinians. Congress threatened to cut the US aid."
Unnamed sources said Abbas "signed off on the plan," providing more evidence of what he had in mind all along - betrayal while coming home with something to say he tried.
Whether other PA officials go along isn't known. However, according to PLO Executive Committee member and PA legislator Hanan Ashrawi:
Palestinian officials are willing "to accept some delay, of the kind you would have under normal UN procedures."
But if it's being done to undermine the process, "we have recourse to other action," suggesting going to the General Assembly ahead of the Security Council.
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