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Israel: Support waning for Palestinian state bid

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Israel: Support waning for Palestinian state bid
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's deputy foreign minister says he believes international support for recognizing an independent Palestinian state at the U.N. this fall is waning.

Danny Ayalon has been leading Israel's international lobbying effort against the Palestinians. He says he has met with representatives from dozens of countries, and he believes many are not going to vote with the Palestinians.

With peace talks stalled, the Palestinians plan to ask U.N. member states to vote for recognition of an independent state. The vote is expected to be largely symbolic, but could isolate Israel.

A majority of countries is expected to support the Palestinians. But Ayalon says he expects Israel to get backing from much of the West.