Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will ask the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state. The United States has promised to veto the resolution, and the Abbas is expected to turn to the United Nations General Assembly for support. While his UN application cites the 1967 borders for the Palestinian state, Abbas stressed that the “real Palestinian borders were laid down by the United Nations in 1947.”
This Partition Plan for Palestine was adopted on November 29, 1947 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The plan was accepted by the Jewish community living in Palestine, but it was rejected by the Arab community, and the neighboring states. As a result, the plan never went into effect and led directly to war in the British mandate. The 1967 borders (otherwise known as the Green Line) were the ceasefire lines in effect from the end of the 1948 War of Independence to the 1967 Six Day War.
The borders claimed by Abbas were never put into effect, and would divide Israel into disconnected parts, leaving Israel’s capital and all nearby areas completely outside of Israeli control.