Palestinian Public Opinion Polls No. 43
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The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) submitted a bid to the United Nations (UN) requesting full membership and a recognition of the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. President Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech at the UN and submitted the membership application. The application was forwarded to the Security Council to be studied and voted on. The USA threatened to use the Vito if such petition is presented to the Security Council. An agreement has been signed between Israel and Hamas in Cairo by which Gilad Shalit will be released in return for that Israel will release 1027 Palestinian prisoners, some from among them are sentenced to long term imprisonment. The division between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip persists and each side adheres to its precepts without any signs for an imminent end of this division.