The Security Council will begin reviewing the application for Palestinian membership in the U.N. Monday afternoon. But U.S. and European diplomats will try to stall any planned vote until peace talks resume.
If Palestinian leaders cannot coax the Security Council to produce the required nine votes, without a veto, needed for full membership, they have promised to take their cause to all nations and seek an "observer state" role in the U.N.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov; U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Catherine Ashton, the E.U. high representative for foreign affairs and security policy; and former British leader Tony Blair -- aka "The Quartet" -- released a statement saying that they were committed to peace in the Middle East and would "consult to identify additional steps they can actively support towards Palestinian statehood."
Those steps include a planned meeting in October between all sides aimed at finding a way forward.