Party Revolt Forces Australian PM to Order Abstention on Palestinian Bid at UN

Threatened by political crisis, Julia Gillard retracts earlier decision to vote against Palestinian move. Move seen as a setback for normally close alliance between Jerusalem and Canberra.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, a staunch ally of Israel, has suffered a stinging political setback after being forced by her own cabinet ministers to backtrack from an earlier decision to oppose the Palestinian bid at the UN and to order an Aussie abstention instead.