In run-up to UN vote || Israel trying to diminish the significance of the Palestinian statehood bid
Israeli officials in Jerusalem say that Abbas' goal is to distract Palestinian public opinion from the PA's failure to tend to domestic problems; Netanyahu, Lieberman trying to paint UN bid as insignificant ahead of elections.
Twenty-four hours before the vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the recognition of Palestine as a non-member state, the Netanyahu government is continuing its efforts to diminish the significance of the Palestinian move.
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