UN Palestine vote 'won't change life on West Bank'
29 November 2012 Last updated at 16:38 GMT
The UN General Assembly is set to vote on upgrading the Palestinian status, but the the BBC's Jon Donnison suggests the move will have little impact on the ground.
Palestinians say the bid, which would give it the same "non-member state" status as the Vatican, is an attempt to rescue the Middle East peace process.
Analysts say the application is likely to win approval in the 193-member body when it is put to a vote, because it needs only a simple majority to pass.
The bid is strongly opposed by Israel and the US. The UK may abstain.