The Palestinian bid to become a full member of the United Nations headed toward certain failure on Tuesday after the Security Council's membership committee deadlocked on the issue, according to a draft report by the committee.
The outcome, which had been anticipated, was laid out in typically detached diplomatic language. "The committee was unable to make a unanimous recommendation to the Security Council," the report concluded.
There was little likelihood from the beginning that the attempt would be successful, because the United States had vowed to veto it.
But in submitting the bid in September, the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, appeared ready to try to claim at least a moral victory by having yet another Palestinian initiative felled by an American veto.
The membership committee's report will go to the Council, where, in theory, 9 of the 15 members could still vote in favor of accepting the Palestinians. But it has become increasingly apparent that there are not sufficient votes to get a resolution passed, and it is possible that it may not even come to a vote.
But the main impediment is that only eight states are prepared to support the bid.