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“The Palestinians are openly declaring their intention to use this recognition as a weapon in an ever-continuing diplomatic war they intend to wage against Israel,” he said. “If they are going to wage a legal and diplomatic war against Israel, what are the odds of returning to the negotiating table?”

Last year, Israel withheld millions of dollars in tax transfers to the Palestinians after their attempt to win full membership. That gambit was opposed by the United States, which threatened to use its veto power in the Security Council to block the bid.

The U.S. has not said publicly how it will respond this time, though Palestinian officials say Washington also has threatened to cut off vital financial aid to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority.