Palestinians officially relaunch bid to become United Nations member state

The Times of Israel reports: “The Palestinian Authority has officially revived its application to become a full member state in the United Nations, according to a letter from its UN envoy dated Tuesday.

The PA, which has had observer status at the world body since 2012, has lobbied for years to gain full membership, which would amount to recognition of Palestinian statehood.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the PA’s UN envoy, Riyad Mansour, requested ‘upon instructions of the Palestinian leadership’ that an application dating back to 2011 be reconsidered this month by the Security Council.

The letter has been transmitted to the council, according to the documents seen by the AFP news agency.

Mansour has repeatedly said in recent months that in the face of Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip in response to the devastating October 7 onslaught by Hamas, UN membership was a priority for the PA…”

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