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Is a Palestinian state close to reality?

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The Palestinian Authority announced last week that it will seek recognition of a Palestinian state from the United Nations in September this year.

This comes after negotiations between the PA and the Israeli government broke down last year.

Stephen Sackur asks Palestinian negotiator Nabil Sha'ath whether the push for statehood can work if the Israelis are opposed to such a move?

You can watch the full interview on Tuesday 18 January 2011 on BBC World News at 0430, 0930, 1530 and 2130 GMT and on BBC News at 0430 and 2330.

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