Palestine wins non-member statehood status after UN Vote


U.S. Scrambles to Avert Palestinian Vote at U.N.

U.S. Campaigns to Avoid Vote on Palestinian Statehood, Report Says

The Vote:

open quoteThe United Nations General Assembly has voted in favour of upgrading the Palestinians status to that of a non-member observer state.

The vote was taken at a meeting of the body in New York, with 138 countries voting in favour of the upgrade. Nine countries voted against it, and 41 others abstained.close quote (Read more)


open quoteShortly after the vote, the United States Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said this resolution was “unfortunate and counterproductive.”

“Progress toward a lasting peace cannot be made by pressing a green button,” Rice said.

She also made clear that the resolution “does not establish a Palestinian state.”close quote (Read more)

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