It was the beginning of an assessment process that will pit the aid-dependent Palestinians against the US and Israel.
President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing ahead with plans to submit the Palestinian application to the UN Security Council.
A veto by US, one of the five permanent members, would still block approval even if most other members agree.
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