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UN Approves Palestinian Statehood In 138-9 Vote

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Palestine now has United Nations statehood. For the first time ever, the international body will recognize Palestine as a "non-member observer state" after 138 members voted for bring the nation into the fold. Nine nations, including the United States, Israel and Canada, voted against the measure. France and Spain voted in favor, while Germany and Great Britain both abstained, according to NPR.

Addressing the UN assembly before the vote, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said, "We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel. Rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of a state that must now achieve its independence and that is Palestine."

"The moment has come for the world to say clearly: enough of aggression, enough with settlements and occupation," he said.

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  1. About bloody time; let us all hope that all of the people of the region will wholeheartedly work towards peace, even when the odds seem insurmountable.

    Palestinians deserve a viable, stable, safe state of their own and Israel deserves peace, security and a working relationship with those nations that surround her.

    If not for themselves then for the children of both nations.

    Posted by: Mundus | Nov 29, 2012 5:22:11 PM


  2. I just want to say the Conservative Government of Canada frequently creates policies (decisions) that are not the views of the majority of Canadians (IMO).

    Posted by: Kris | Nov 29, 2012 5:22:48 PM


  3. I think it should read that nine nations did not vote in favor of recognition.

    Posted by: moike | Nov 29, 2012 5:25:42 PM


  4. Moike is right.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 29, 2012 5:29:13 PM


  5. I know in the past the US has vowed to cut funding if Palestine became a member state but I hope we can just move forward. If 138 countries say yes, then we cannot throw a hissy fit and take our toys home. (I honestly think both Israel and Palestine have their valid points but they are both also responsible for the mess over there. Maybe granting Palestine UN statehood is a step in the right direction)

    Posted by: KT | Nov 29, 2012 5:29:55 PM


  6. This version of the story is a mess. US and Israel voted AGAINST the motion.

    Just as well this site has plenty of poof-readers.

    Posted by: MikeW | Nov 29, 2012 5:31:15 PM


  7. If EVER an elected official abstains on a vote they should be fired. VOTING is part of their job. That's why they are there ! If I don't do part of my job I get fired. It's ridiculous ! If they are too weak and afraid to get involved in these issues the DON'T APPLY FOR THE JOB ! It's not rocket science.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 29, 2012 5:33:34 PM


  8. @Icebloo You seem confused as to the purpose and function of the UN. Delegates to the UN are not elected, but appointed by their government to represent them. If a delegate abstains, it is because that is what their government instructed them to do.

    So it is indeed not rocket science; it is high school civics.

    Posted by: OddBet | Nov 29, 2012 5:40:23 PM


  9. There's hope for humanity after all...not so much for those Nasty Nine, tho'!

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Nov 29, 2012 5:52:43 PM


  10. @ODDBET I am perfectly well aware of how it works. My point was to highlight how hypocritical it is of politicians to continue to complain about people not voting in elections but they themselves don't vote on a regular basis even when it's part of their jobs. They are pathetic.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 29, 2012 5:54:08 PM


  11. There are legitimate reasons for an elected official to abstain from a vote such as a conflict of interest. For example, if there is a vote on a creek "improvement" (e.g., flood walls) and an elected official lives adjacent to that creek, the vote could directly benefit that official in ways that do not directly benefit everyone.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 29, 2012 6:13:03 PM


  12. somehow I don't the arabs will be satisfied...we shall see.

    Posted by: Myackie | Nov 29, 2012 6:23:15 PM


  13. Israel's destruction is said to be both inevitable and a Palestinian obligation. The Palestinian Authority promises its people that in the future, the State of Israel will be completely erased and replaced by a State of Palestine.

    The Palestinian Authority persecutes the LGBT community, when Israel protects them.

    Posted by: bareback rider | Nov 29, 2012 6:36:17 PM


  14. @Barebackrider: "Israel's destruction is said to be both inevitable and a Palestinian obligation"

    Well then they are in perfect harmony with many of the gay-hating Christian fundamentalists who believe that the destruction of Israel is both inevitable and a prerequisite for the rapture and the second coming of Christ.

    Yes, the Palestinians are undeniably responsible for many repellent and violent acts, but under what paradigm are only angelic, sweet, saccharine luvvies the only ones who can suffer persecution and occupation? The land seizures and settlements remain illegal under international law, period. Not that this obviates, under any circumstances, the need for a safe, secure and peaceful Israel.

    Posted by: Mundus | Nov 29, 2012 6:52:03 PM


  15. @myackie... i don't think they will be either; i don't think any party involved is satisfied with the present outcome. there is a lot more to be done to achieve lasting peace...

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Nov 29, 2012 6:59:44 PM


  16. Screw the UN they are worthless and Hamas and gaza should nuked death to those homophobic and racist savages. Long live Israel the only truely pro gay democracy in the middle east

    Posted by: Lee | Nov 29, 2012 7:36:58 PM


  17. @Lee: "Screw the UN they are worthless and Hamas and gaza should nuked death to those homophobic and racist savages. Long live Israel the only truely pro gay democracy in the middle east"

    Your inchoate hatred might be a little more persuasive if you were capable of composing a coherent sentence.

    Posted by: Mundus | Nov 29, 2012 7:55:09 PM


  18. @mundus get bent either you stand with a civilized pro gay and pro woman like Israel or you stand with the Hamas savages pick your side and remeber Israel has one of the gayest cities in the world(tel aviv) and Hamas encourages families to kill gay relative.

    Posted by: Lee | Nov 29, 2012 8:19:35 PM


  19. @Lee:

    "get bent"

    SO classy...

    @Lee:

    "...either you stand with a civilized pro gay and pro woman like Israel or you stand with the Hamas savages pick your side and remeber Israel has one of the gayest cities in the world(tel aviv) and Hamas encourages families to kill gay relative."

    What simplistic drivel - as I pointed out earlier, do you really think that only NICE people can be oppressed or have land illegally stolen from them?


    Posted by: Mundus | Nov 29, 2012 9:04:07 PM


  20. I still remember the Munich Massacre when 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Munich by Palestinians. The Olympics are suppose to be representative of peace and comradery. King Hussien of Jordan was the only Arab leader to condemn the attack. Time has not changed, especially with Hamas in charge and the recent shelling of Israel. They should not be recognized as a state. I am surprised as some of the remarks, since, if you, being gay, were to openly admit it in the Middle East, less Israel, you could be imprisoned and put to death.

    Posted by: CB | Nov 29, 2012 9:25:51 PM


  21. Opps,
    I meant the Nasty Nine and CB!

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Nov 29, 2012 9:58:34 PM


  22. "I am surprised as some of the remarks, since, if you, being gay, were to openly admit it in the Middle East, less Israel, you could be imprisoned and put to death."

    The current treatment of homosexuality in Palestine is deplorable, but that doesn't excuse Israel's faults regarding its relationship with the Palestinians. Israel has helped to make Palestine - particularly Gaza - into what it is today. If Israel truly wants to claim higher moral authority, then it should act as a higher moral authority. The routine dispossession of people in Jerusalem and the West Bank to benefit the Israeli populace is not stance of someone with the moral high ground, regardless of what those people think of homosexuality.

    Posted by: Nat | Nov 29, 2012 10:17:51 PM


  23. "Time has not changed, especially with Hamas in charge and the recent shelling of Israel."

    Yes, it's not as if Israel could do anything about it yes?

    Four Israeli civilians were killed. That's a tragedy, and Hamas's involvement - direct or indirect - is outrageous.

    But over 100 Palestinian civilians were killed. Where's their justice? Why do they have to be subjected to an air campaign that made their already squalid existence even more desperate?

    And to forestall an inevitable counterpoint: if the blood of those Palestinian civilians is on Hamas's hands, then the blood of Israel's civilians is on Israel's hands.

    Posted by: Nat | Nov 29, 2012 10:23:10 PM


  24. There is no doubt that I would rather live in Israel than any Muslim nation in the world. There is very little real democracy and human liberty and freedom in the Islamic world. That said, the U.S. and Israel have to ask themselves what they are doing wrong to lose this kind of lopsided vote. The Czech Republic was the only European Nation to vote with us. Most of Europe voted to grant the Palestinians the new status or they abstained.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 29, 2012 10:26:56 PM


  25. It's called anti semitism @andrew most of Europe is very anti Jewish even to this day the effects of nazisim are alive and well. Btw Israel has done more for human rights and the advancement of the human race in it's short time on earth then the Arabs have in over a thousand years.

    Posted by: Lee | Nov 30, 2012 12:13:50 AM


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