THE WORLDPOST
09/16/2011 06:48 am ET Updated Nov 15, 2011

Palestinian Statehood Bid: How Countries Will Likely Vote At The U.N. General Assembly (INTERACTIVE MAP)

The most highly anticipated moment of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly may well be the Palestinians' bid for statehood, a move that has left the United States wringing its hands in fear of diplomatic embarrassment.

Palestinian representatives are expected to file to be recognized as an independent state during the General Assembly meetings this year, however it seems highly unlikely that their initiative to become a full-fledged state will succeed.

To receive full formal statehood, Palestinians need approval from the Security Council without any of its permanent members casting a veto, as well as a two-thirds majority vote from the General Assembly. While the Palestinians have a majority in the General Assembly, Washington has stated that it will veto this resolution.

Alternatively, the Palestinians could file to receive non-member observer status, for which they only need a simple majority in the General Assembly.

Here's a breakdown of how a few countries have stated they plan to vote on the Palestinians' bid for statehood:

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Editor's note: A previous version of this article did not articulate the difference between the Palestinians' bid to receive non-member observer status versus becoming a full-fledged member state. The current version reflects this change.