November 29th, 2012
07:54 PM ET

U.N. approves Palestinian "observer state" bid

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday endorsed an upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinian Authority, despite intense opposition from the United States and Israel.

The resolution elevates their status from "non-member observer entity" to "non-member observer state," the same category as the Vatican, which Palestinians hope will provide new leverage in their dealings with Israel.

Explaining the Palestinians' U.N. bid

Palestinian leaders had been working with dozens of supporting nations to develop a formal draft, enlisting the backing of European countries such as France and Spain. Germany abstained from the vote.

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  1. Philip

    I see Palestine now has access to the ICC (International Criminal Court). International crimes perpatrated against Palestinians will now be investigated and prosecuted by the ICC.
    This is GOOD NEWS for lovers of Justice, bad news for others.

    December 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Hmmm. Let's see here. Who WOULDN'T want Palestinians to be protected by the ICC? Who DIDN'T want the UN to recognize Palestine as a State?
    You who. Where are you?

    December 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Well of course the answer is Israel. Its way past time for the world to stand up to Israel. And hurray for Palestine, one hurdle crossed, and incentive to tackle the rest of them!

    December 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian Duquesne

    I really do not see how this is a positive step in the peace process in any way, shape, or form. Instead it seems to me like a provocation on the part of the Palestinian Authority. Is it deserved? Sure. It is hard to argue that the Palestinians are undeserving of a state of their own. But any agreement on such a state should be done with at least some effort to involve Israel in the process.

    This is why I believe that the Oslo Accords were so important. It shows that both sides can sit down at a table together and come up a decent compromise. Why neither side seems to be willing to go back and retry such an effort is beyond me, but this really does seem to be a major step away from bilateralism in the peace process. That cannot be a good thing.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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