Supporting the Palestinian UN bid would alienate Israeli voters and would damage the relationship with future governments. Since the UN bid is only symbolic and no progress can be made under Netanyahu's government either way, the US, Germany, and France had to weigh their options. I still hope that both Germany and France will be able to abstain.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
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