Abbas at Arab League meeting - AFP - May 28, 2011
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Arab League meeting in Doha, May 28, 2011. Photo by AFP
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The Arab League will apply to upgrade the Palestinians to full member status at the United Nations, according to a draft statement from a league meeting in Qatar on Thursday.

"It was decided to go to the United Nations to request the recognition of the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital and to move ahead and request a full membership," said the communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

An open debate on the Middle East has been scheduled for July 26 according to a provisional calendar for the Security Council for July.

Israel, on the other hand, has made it clear that it opposes a Palestinian unilateral declaration. Although in his Bar-Ilan speech Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recognized the right to establish such an entity alongside the State of Israel, Jerusalem's position is that establishment of the state should be done with the full coordination of and at the conclusion of negotiations with Israel.

Over 130 of the 192 member states of the United Nations are expected to support the establishment of a Palestinian state if it is brought up for a vote by the General Assembly this coming September.