The UN Security Council has begun consultations on an application by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for full state membership of the UN.
“The request needs the support of nine of the 15 members of the council, but the US has said it will veto the bid.
Diplomats say it could take weeks before the issue comes to a vote.
Mr Abbas last week urged the council in New York to back a state with pre-1967 borders. Israel reiterated its call for peace talks without preconditions.
The Security Council is expected to refer the Palestinian request to a special committee - which includes all 15 council members - which will examine it and make a recommendation.”