Thursday, November 29, 2012

UN General Assembly Votes to Recognize State of Palestine

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN

It's official. And that's the headline from the Washington Post article. Recognition of of Palestine is based on the 1967 borders too. The Palestinians will now enjoy the same status at the UN that the Vatican has - that of non-member observer. The vote was 138-9 with 41 abstentions.

Countries voting "no": U.S., Israel, Canada, Czech Republic, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Panama. Germany and the UK abstained, while France, Italy, Spain, and Greece voted in favor.

The U.S. called this an unnecessary "obstacle" on the path to peace and Netanyahu is claiming this violates Israeli-Palestinian agreements under the Oslo Accords. Something about changing the status between the parties or of the Occupied Territories themselves. Apparently tens of thousands of new settlement units and hundreds of thousands more settlers in the West Bank didn't "change the status" of the West Bank, but this largely symbolic upgrade at the UN is going to single-handedly dash all hopes for the two-state solution...

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