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At UN on Palestine, Report Drops Inalienable from Israel's Right to Exist

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, November 10 -- In the run up to the November 11 meeting on Palestine's application for UN member in the Security Council, the report to be considered at the meeting has been changed, sources tell Inner City Press.

A reference in Paragraph Six to "Israel's inalienable right to exist" has been changed, dropping the word "inalienable." A proponent of the change told Inner City Press "inalienable is only for the Palestinians."

It is understood that Lebanon still has some concerns with the report, and that Russia wants to check with its capital, extended the process right to the Committee on Admission of New Members meeting scheduled for 10 am on Friday.

On Thursday afternoon, Palestinian Observer Riyad Mansour entered the Security Council accompanied by the Permanent Representatives of Egypt and Iraq, and the Arab League representative. He told Inner City Press they will meet with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday.

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Abbas launches bid Sept 23, "inalienable" on longer shown

Meanwhile, for a bit of French levity, the Ambassador of France Gerard Araud was asked as he entered the Council this week, "So Netanyahu is a liar?" Araud paused and said, to laughter, "He is the prime minister of Israel."

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