Washington is threatening to veto if the Palestinians bring their U.N. bid to a vote on Sept. 23. A U.S. diplomatic team was in the region in a last-ditch effort to persuade the Palestinians to drop it. The U.S. doesn't want to be forced to veto a Palestinian state, that is supported in most of the world.
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Palestinians take part in an anti-US demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 15, 2011. Dozens of Palestinians chanted slogans against the pressure by the US government on the Palestinian Authority to convince them to step down from the UN bid for membership state.