The United Nations is likely to hold a debate on whether to upgrade the Palestinians’ U.N. status in mid-November – after the U.S. election, the president of the U.N. General Assembly said on Wednesday, October 3, Reuters reported. “Come the middle of November, there’s going to be an international debate on the Palestine issue in the General Assembly,” U.N. General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic said. Having failed last year to win recognition of full statehood at the United Nations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said last week he would seek a less-ambitious status upgrade to make it a “non-member state” like the Vatican. This would allow the Palestinians to join bodies such as the International Criminal Court and file a raft of complaints against Israel. An upgraded status would also anger the United States, which argues that a Palestinian state can only be created through direct negotiations.