POSTED: Friday, September 23, 2011 - 4:35pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 8:47pm
The controversy at the United Nations came to a head today.
The Palestinian Authority officially requested recognition as a state.
Though President Obama has flatly said the move will be vetoed in the Security Council, Palestinians pushed for a vote on full statehood.
In Israel though, the President’s speech on Wednesday, was well received.
Michael Friedson is an American journalist based in and he says Israelis were very pleased.
Meanwhile, today at the UN, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally requested statehood.
Friedson says that while most Israelis are sympathetic to an eventual Palestinian state next door, they agree with the US that the negotiations come first.
And they are training for possible disturbances in the wake of the UN request.
But among Palestinians, hopes are high.
And the issue of Israeli settlements on the West Bank shouldn’t be a stumbling block, according to Friedson.
Friedson told KETK Israel feels there is no shortcut to a true peace agreement.
The request could take weeks or months moving through the bureaucracy of the Security Council before there is a formal vote, and/or US veto.
And reportedly today, a man was killed by Israeli soldiers on the West Bank.