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JERUSALEM — Some Israeli diplomats are urging their government to acknowledge a Palestinian state within provisional borders rather than wait for the Palestinians to seek UN recognition of their sovereignty.

The foreign ministry said on Thursday such views were among a variety being expressed in internal debate ahead of the UN General Assembly in September, when the Palestinians are expected to declare a state in all parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

They are then planning to call on the world body to recognise such a state, meaning that any future negotiations with Israel would be governed by a UN resolution based on the 1967 borders.

Those pushing for Israel to take the initiative believe it would take the wind out of the Palestinian campaign, leaving the question of permanent frontiers to be hammered out in talks between the sides.