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UN welcomes State of Palestine
Published Friday 30/11/2012 (updated) 01/12/2012 16:56
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Palestinians shout slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of
Ramallah Nov. 29, 2012. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade Palestine to a "non-member state" at the United Nations, implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state.

There were 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions.

Addressing the assembly in New York ahead of the vote, President Mahmoud Abbas said the UN bid was the last chance to save the two-state solution.

"Sixty-five years ago on this day, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181, which partitioned the land of historic Palestine into two states and became the birth certificate for Israel," Abbas told the 193-nation assembly after receiving a standing ovation.

"The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine," he said.

The president told the UN that Israel's war on Gaza highlighted the urgency of ending the Israeli occupation.

"It also reaffirmed the Israeli government's adherence to the policy of occupation, brute force and war," he said.

"We believe that the international community is standing before the last chance of the two-state solution."

Flood of threats

"We've listened for the last months to the incessant flood of threats in response to our peaceful, political and diplomatic request in the UN and have watched (Israel's) war on Gaza," Abbas said.

"We haven't heard one word from any Israeli official expressing sincere concern for the peace process."

At least 17 European nations voted in favor of the Palestinian resolution, including Austria, France, Italy, Norway and Spain. Abbas had focused his lobbying efforts on Europe, which supplies much of the aid the Palestinian Authority relies on. Britain, Germany and others chose to abstain.

The Czech Republic was unique in Europe, joining the United States, Israel, Canada, Panama and tiny Pacific Island states likes Nauru, Palau and Micronesia in voting against the move.

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu immediately condemned Abbas' speech as "hostile and poisonous", and full of "false propaganda".

"These are not the words of a man who wants peace," Netanyahu also said in a statement released by his office after Abbas spoke.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the vote "unfortunate and counterproductive," saying it puts more obstacles on the path to peace.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice called for the immediate resumption of peace talks.

"The Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded," she said.

"The United States calls upon both the parties to resume direct talks without preconditions on all the issues that divide them and we pledge that the United States will be there to support the parties vigorously in such efforts," Rice said.

She added that both parties should "avoid any further provocative actions in the region, in New York or elsewhere."

The move falls short of full UN membership which needs sanction by the Security Council, where the US wields a veto. But it allows Palestine access to the International Criminal Court and other international bodies.
1 ) vicious speech / kudos abu
30/11/2012 00:41
mazen you will bring peace

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/11/2012 00:58
Who were the nine?

3 ) Jerusalemites / Palestine
30/11/2012 00:59
Mabrouk for all of us from Jerusalem the capital of Palestine. No 194 shares the Right of Return for all Palestinian Refugees and the number of State of Palestine.

4 ) Bethlehem Girl / USA
30/11/2012 01:02
Yes for Palestine. We, the Palestinian Americans, congratulate our people in palestine for becoming the 194th country among the UN. Viva Palestine. two victories within one week; Gaza and UN

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/11/2012 01:04
The nine: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, U.S., Panama, The Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru, and Micronesia. Lol. Basically, Israel is about as popular as lung cancer.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/11/2012 01:27
As Churchill said after El Alamein: 'no, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. It is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.' Congratulations to the Palestinian people, and may this be the first of many, many victories to come.

7 ) Ashraf / USA
30/11/2012 01:38
Colin where did you get the list from? And who were the abstensions?

8 ) Maureen / Australia
30/11/2012 01:49
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Mr. Abass' speach was not "hostile and poisonous"! He spoke with dignityJ He spoke from the heart! He spoke for the voiceless, and that is what sticks into USrael! Palestine forever!

9 ) Big Mike / usa
30/11/2012 01:50
I give it no more than a week before Pals first ICC case is filed because Izrael has no intentions of changing its occupation and settlement building in the newly recognised sovereign state of Palestine east of its green line border.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/11/2012 01:55
I'm reminded of the closing scenes of 'Battle of Algiers.' This is moving right along.

11 ) Amira / Canada
30/11/2012 01:56
Yes, two victories within one week: Gaza and UN!!!
Israel is trembling with fear.
Bravo Palestine!

12 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
30/11/2012 01:58
IT'S DONE !!! The Palestinians have DONE IT !!! (By the way, @ 3), 4), No-o-o-o-o-o-o ... your people did NOT become the 194th country among the U.N. ... yes, they now have recognition in the U.N. General Assembly but as a U.N. NON-member observer nation ... and forget about any Palestinian victory in Gaza ... there WERE NO victors.) @ 5), You're right ... so now you finally know why, as the cause for lung cancer, our recognition of a Palestinian nation (west of Jordan River) is UP in smoke.

13 ) Mark / USA
30/11/2012 01:59
Rice, Israel's lap dog, was well trained by her handlers. She is sure to win best in show when she is trotted about, leash and all, by her Zionist masters. Good doggie, here's a bone.

14 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
30/11/2012 02:17
I heard every word of President Abbas' speech and it WAS excellent, emotional, extremely well-said and sensible. It WAS a brilliant performance and a diplomatic MASTERPIECE, interrupted by vigorous applause several times. In sharp contrast to our ambassador's speech, I also heard every word of it and have to say it was nowhere near as enthusiastic nor forceful and the (respectful) applause definitely showed that. At a time like this, our PM (and U.S. Secretary of State Clinton) should (cont.)

15 ) Sarah / Holland
30/11/2012 02:22
Congratulations!!! And Shalom/Salaam to? Palestine!! <3

16 ) jamila mirzaeva / Republic of Georgia
30/11/2012 02:26
God bless palestine!!! big mabrouk. and salam

17 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
30/11/2012 02:38
really have just kept their mouths SHUT--Netanyahu really IS making a jackass of himself by opening it and saying what he did--and let the Palestinians have their acclamation and diplomatic "victory." So what's next ??? We're all headed for another Big Show at The Hague, Netherlands at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ? So if you like seeing Israel get some good butt-kicking you're in for some great entertainment. SO RAISE THOSE PAL FLAGS !!!! (but in Gaza, STAY AWAY FROM THE BORDER).

18 ) Hasan / Iran
30/11/2012 02:56
Canada voting against Palestine makes sense, they suck and they just follow Israel no matter what, like how they unilaterally cut their relationship with Iran and closed the embassies 3 months ago. But Czeck republic, Why Czeck? just why?

19 ) Mel / USA
30/11/2012 03:20
Yes!Yes!Yes!At last!At last!Congratulations Palestine. Another chink in the Israeli-occupation armored tank! But,SHAME,SHAME still,on all those chicken-sh*ts,WAR HAWKS,who voted'Nay',or abstained because they value US-client lap-dog status over UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS! Shame on you too Czech Republic,for siding with Zionist NAZI'S,for US dollars! 194! 194!194!Yes!Yes!C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S Palestine! No more wasted "Zionist piece" talks. Straight to the ICC/ICJ! Onward and UPWARD! :D

30/11/2012 03:35
I always like what Colin Wright says. I am proud not to be an israeli today. I like your attitude Bethlehem Girl /USA. Mabrouk to Palestine too. I only wish israel was as vicious as Abbas. We may have had Peace if israel was that vicious. Love the comments. Congratulations to Palestine. We love you.

21 ) Ul Homi / Ecuador
30/11/2012 04:42
Viva Palestina, Viva Ecuador.... Ecuador y el gobierno de Rafael Correa siempre han reconocido a Palestina como un Estado libre e independiente..... y as? lo ense?amos en nuestras escuelas. Yes, for Ecuador, Palestine is a free State with capital Jerusalem. We teach so, to ours children at schools.....

22 ) hakim / germany
30/11/2012 05:39
but what about haifa? safad? yafa?

23 ) shirley / australia
30/11/2012 06:59
well done pals and forget US they are defeated and language of hate and lies rice in fact with enough support world wide and 9 votes in UNSC the US veto can be overridden stick your fake offers of help where it fits US you and your lot heading to the hAGUE for IRAQ and Libya illegal wars ar crimes US soldires not one charged and BUSH and BLAIR too Message to US bullies and EU your war days are overthreats ME it is you causing disaster to ME US OUT ME forget fake italy spain vote

24 ) Elisheva / USA
30/11/2012 07:10
Congratulations, Palestine! This is your day, rejoice in it!

25 ) when is the new state going / to print its own money?
30/11/2012 07:25
we want to see the PALESTINIAN DINAR or PALESTINIAN DOLLAR!!! every sovereign country has its OWN MONEY

26 ) Ariella / USA
30/11/2012 08:19
Mazel tov Palestine !!!!!

27 ) davravidumn / USA
30/11/2012 10:28
Hooray for the UN. Shame on the US.

28 ) Jethro / jerusalem/bristol
30/11/2012 10:40
Mabrouk! The US rhetoric is pathetic, and so is Netanyahu. I am ashamed of Britain's week-kneed abstention - it is time to stand up to US Imperialism, and say good-bye to British Imperialism with it - it's lingered far too long!

29 ) Daniele / Italy
30/11/2012 11:18
Power to the (right) people! GO PALESTINE! history has been written today although much justice has yet to be done

30 ) Tissa / Sri Lanka
30/11/2012 11:28

31 ) Democracies for Palestine / Ireland
30/11/2012 11:48
Democracies voted for Palestine overwhelmingly, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Nic

32 ) Maureen / Australia
30/11/2012 13:01
Susan Rice speaking for the USA at the UN sure did sound mad. I guess she was thinking of how her fellow Americans will soon be eating with chop sticks. : )

33 ) Anneza / Russia
30/11/2012 13:40
Palestine! Russia is with you! God Bless Palestine!

Soon, very soon the Palestinian land will be free!
israel, you will disappear finally, as all the tyranies and evil finally end up!

30/11/2012 13:43

35 ) David / USA
30/11/2012 14:05
Observer status means nothing in the scheme of things.Fatahs lack of reconciliation with Hamas,and against Hamas's wishes,will eventually make the resolution even less than symbolic.

36 ) Birth Certificate / Borders
30/11/2012 15:26
-1- JORDAN & EGYPT LOST control of LANDS that they had siezed in 1948, BUT THERE WAS NO "Palestinian territory occupied in 1967".
-2- IF PALESTINE WANTS "to live in PEACE and security alongside the State of Israel", all it has to do is STOP SHOOTING, and
-3- Sixty-five years ago "the UNGA adopted RESOLUTION 181 became the birth certificate for Israel", but NOT ACCEPTED BORDERS, and
-4- PALESTINE WILL REMAIN with the AREAS A/B & GAZA BORDERS of today, if it will not negotiate !!!!

37 ) southparkbear / usa
30/11/2012 16:22
finally, a rich country can take over the UN sponsring it. I suggest the palestinians be added as a 6th member with a veto power

38 ) Reader / from Edmonton
30/11/2012 17:32
Recall John Braid. Recall Stephen Harper. Recall them from America's nether regions.

39 ) Big Mike / USA
30/11/2012 17:36
to 25) AND POSTAGE!!!

40 ) Big Mike / usa
30/11/2012 17:40
Total votes at the UN 188 out of 193 nations? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER 5 couldn't they get out of bed in time to be counted???

41 ) Statehood / Realism
30/11/2012 18:10
On "29 November 2012, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel and the Palestinians to find the political will and courage to move ahead with talks aimed at establishing a lasting peace between them through Palestinian statehood and security for Israel", while
2- referring to refugees as just those "who trace their roots to
those displaced following the division of the Palestine mandate."

42 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
30/11/2012 21:07
So what now? Is Palestine suddenly going to be a real country? Is it suddenly going to be a real democracy (a la #31)? Is Gazastan going to merge with Fatahland and become one Palestine? No. No and no. The Palestinians are nowhere closer to a viable independent state than they were last week. There still is almost no democracy there (no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, and Hamas executions in the street last week showed us there is no justice system). Hamas still hates Fatah. So?

43 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
30/11/2012 21:10
So what do we have? The same old same old: Fatah in the west bank and Hamas in Gaza. No reconciliation. No unity. No one government in control of "Palestine". The 3 state solution is still the only forseeable future. And Hasan #18 - Canada cut ties with Iran after you murdered 2 Canadians and your embassy in Ottawa was found to be recruiting terrorists in Canada. Face it, Hasan - except for Hamas, Nasrallah and Assad everybody else in the mideast hates Iran and its nuclear weapons program.

44 ) @ "printing money" #25 / USA
30/11/2012 21:28
Palestine spends millions more shekels, dollars, and euros, than it GDP,
so unless "Palestine's own printed money" is stamped in gold or silver,
it would have a value less than zero, other than to collectors.

45 ) Jo / England
30/11/2012 23:47
@7)Ashraf,abstentions were; 1Albania,2Andora,3Australia,4Bahamas,5Barbados,6Bosnia 7Bulgaria8Estonia 9Fiji10Guatemala11Haiti12Hungry13Lithuania14Malawi 15Mongolia16Montenegro17Nederlnds18Samoa19Singapor 20SanMarino 21Slovakia22slovenia23macedonia24togo24tonga 25UK 26vanuatu27cameroon28colombia29croatia30DRCongo31latvia 32s.korea33moldova34romania35rwanda37papua new guinea 38paraguay39poland maybe Ukraine also I'm ashamed of my country who was one of the key authors of the tragedy in Palestine

46 ) Ruth Rivera / USA
01/12/2012 01:50
CONGRATS to ALL OF PALESTINE! LONG LIVE PALESTINE, and many thanks to the U.N. who took an enormous significant step in the process of rectifying the "unprecedented historical injustice" inflicted on the Palestinian people since 1948, whom have long suffered. May peace follow with this first step as a non-member observer state status to permanent state status. LONG LIVE PALESTINE AND MAY ALLAH ALWAY PROTECT YOU.

47 ) Claudia / Argentina
01/12/2012 06:40
Congratulation for all Palestina !!! we support forever, Salam

48 ) Eve / South Africa
01/12/2012 21:42
Congratulations to Palestine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

49 ) Reader / from Edmonton
02/12/2012 22:27
Gold might not be a poor choice. Since America claims the US$ is worth whatever the USG says it's worth, is paper currency worth anything any more? Even the Iranians want off the US$ and are converting to and purchasing in gold. China, beware.
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