Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has directed his government to start issuing passports, drivers licenses and ID cards bearing "State of Palestine" in place of the current "Palestinian Authority."
Israeli officials declined comment, including whether Israel would
prevent Palestinians with new ID cards and passports from crossing
borders and checkpoints.
"Whether the changes are really implemented is unsure because of the
political situation right now," said Al Jazeera's Jane Ferguson,
reporting from Jerusalem. "But the move is to regain momentum after the
In late November, Abbas won UN recognition of a state of Palestine in
the occupied West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, overriding Israeli
objections to the largely symbolic step.
The UN bid gave the Palestinians new diplomatic leverage by affirming
the borders of a future state of Palestine in lands Israel captured in
1967, but changed little in the day-to-day lives of Palestinians.