Palestinians to proceed with UN recognition bid



RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian official says the Palestinians will move ahead with seeking U.N. recognition of a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, despite U.S. President Barack Obama’s warning that it would be pointless.

Nabil Shaath spoke after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuffed Obama’s proposal to use the pre-1967 war lines as the basis for border talks. In that war, Israel captured the territories the Palestinians want for their state.

Shaath said late Friday that Netanyahu’s statements make it clear the Israeli leader is not a partner for peace. Shaath says that “we will escalate our diplomatic effort to get recognition” of a state. It was not clear whether he expressed the official Palestinian position.