US indicates opposition to renewed Palestinian bid for statehood status at UN

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, and China's UN Ambassador Zhang Jun, center left, speak with ambassadors of Arab countries and the PLO before a Security Council meeting and vote on a resolution on Israel and Gaza conflict at UN Headquarters, March 25, 2024. (AP/Craig Ruttle)
Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, and China's UN Ambassador Zhang Jun, center left, speak with ambassadors of Arab countries and the PLO before a Security Council meeting and vote on a resolution on Israel and Gaza conflict at UN Headquarters, March 25, 2024. (AP/Craig Ruttle)

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller indicates that the Biden administration opposes the renewed Palestinian bid to obtain full-member state status at the United Nations.

“We have always made clear that, while we support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state… that is something that should be done through direct negotiations through the parties — something we are pursuing at this time — and not at the United Nations,” Miller says during a press briefing.

US opposition to the initiative in the UN Security Council would all but block it, given that Washington has veto power.

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