‘‘Therefore, he is making these slight changes because people expect him to make changes after the U.N. recognition.’’
Still, the gap between the symbolic U.N. nod and the reality on the ground remains wide.
The Palestinian Authority administers some 38 percent of the West Bank, but Israel maintains overall control over the territory. Abbas has no say in east Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in 1967, or in Gaza, seized by his political rival, the Islamic militant group Hamas, in 2007.
The documents and stationery with the new emblem will be ready within two months, said Hassan Alawi, a deputy interior minister in the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli officials declined comment Monday on whether Israel would refuse to deal with documents bearing the ‘‘State of Palestine’’ logo. However, Alawi said his office was informed by Israeli officials after Abbas’ decree that ‘‘they will not deal with any new form of passport or ID.’’
Saeb Erekat, a senior Abbas aide, said the new emblem will be used in correspondence with countries that have recognized a state of Palestine.
He suggested that there would be no change in passports or other documents Palestinians need for movement through Israeli crossings.
‘‘As far as the Israelis are concerned, we are not going to overload the wagon of our people by putting state of Palestine on passports,’’ he said. ‘‘They (Israelis) will not allow them to travel.’’
Palestinians must pass through Israeli-run crossings to leave the West Bank and also carry an ID card at all times or risk arrest if stopped at an Israeli military checkpoint inside the territory.
The name change has even less meaning for Palestinians in Hamas-ruled Gaza. Israel withdrew from the coastal strip in 2005 but continues to control access by air, sea and land, with the exception of one Gaza border crossing with Egypt.
‘‘For me, it’s just ink on paper,’’ said Sharif Hamda, a 44-year-old pharmacist in Gaza City. ‘‘I wished they would save the money they will spend on this and use it for helping needy families.’’
Laub reported from Jericho, West Bank. Associated Press writers Ibrahim Barzak in Gaza City, Gaza Strip and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed reporting.