|Ambassador Ma’en Areikat (above, left) said that the push for statehood is heating up and the United States and Palestien are both in the process of trying to sway countries for votes. PHOTO: Nick Meyer/TAAN|
The race for votes has continued in the UN’s security council, with Palestine needing 9 votes out of 15 members in order to become a full member along with no vetoes from the five permanent council members of Britain, France, China, the U.S. and Russia. The United States has expressed their intentions to veto a statehood vote but wants to convince enough nations to vote against so it will not have to use that option. Areikat said that representatives are still working to convince other nations.