BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Friday thanked the 138 UN member states that voted for Palestine's upgrade to a non-member state at the General Assembly.
"You have rescued the chances of peace by supporting the forces of reason and responsibility rather than the irrational and irresponsible exercise of force and violence," Ashrawi said in a statement.
"You have given us hope, and we pledge to work with you to make this shared world of ours more peaceful and humane."
Nine countries voted against the resolution on Thursday night and 41 members states abstained.
Ashrawi said the nations that voted for Palestine had "demonstrated courage and integrity by acting in accordance with the dictates of your conscience and integrity rather than the diktat of power and intimidation.
"The legal, political, and moral space of the State of Palestine—however long overdue—is a tribute to justice and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity," she continued.