The Palestinian UN bid has been sent to a UN committee for consideration, but the US has vowed to veto the proposal. For more on the UN statehood and analysis, see:

For a sampling of faith-related statements on the UN bid, see the following blog post from Ecumenical Accompanier Loren McGrail:

Meanwhile, the Israelis announced an 1100-unit expansion of the Gilo settlement, drawing criticism from most quarters, and a UN report released for September details the many restrictions on movement the Palestinians face daily, many up from this time a year ago.