The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged the UN General Assembly to "issue a birth certificate" for the state of Palestine.
The United Nations is expected to vote tonight and take a step towards recognising a Palestinian state.
Britain today summoned the Israeli ambassador amid deepening international anger at fresh Israeli settlement expansion plans.
The Foreign Office does not deny reports that that Britain and France are considering withdrawing their ambassadors from Israel.
Israel's response to the Palestinians' crushing diplomatic victory at the United Nations late last night is provocative.