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UN Approves Palestinian Statehood In 138-9 Vote


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. Do you Pro-Israel folks that say the Jewish State of Israel is "Pro-Gay", not remember that Judaism was the FIRST Anti-Gay Religion and still continues to be an Anti-Gay religion right along with Christianists and Muslims?

    The State of Israel may be "Pro-Gay" today but that doesn't mean they get carte blanche to kill and subjugate whoever they want to that's nearby or on land that they want.

    The idea that Israel is a special magical country that needs our support and is so special that it should be able to do what it wants, is laughable.

    Posted by: Chrisme | Nov 30, 2012 12:25:36 PM

  2. When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing… You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense.

    Posted by: Chrisme | Nov 30, 2012 12:29:05 PM

  3. Would have been nice if this resolution had followed some substantive move towards peace by the Palestinians, instead of a wave of rocket attacks and a bus bombing in Tel Aviv by Hamas.

    The message thats being sent is "you don't have to recognize Israel, you don't have to disavow a political platform of Islamic Jihad and Death to Jews, and you don't have to stop electing terrorist governments. Keep doing what you're doing, and you will be rewarded with a nation state."

    Seems like that's the wrong message to send.

    Posted by: Dave | Nov 30, 2012 1:12:08 PM

  4. @ Dave...there are rules...and then there are 'arab' rules...

    arabs do not feel that they have to respect anyone's rules...but everyone has to respect their rules...

    do you understand now?

    Posted by: Myackie | Nov 30, 2012 1:15:03 PM

  5. @Andrew,

    It would have been nice if you actually bothered to read what I wrote. I didn't say "anti-Semitism." You imagined it. Good straw man argument. Nowhere did I speak of anti-Semitism as the reason for some of Europe's votes.

    As for "all the nations of Europe..." Actually, only about half, and most of the major ones abstained. The only significant one was France - but it's not surprising in the least, as the Socialists wouldn't have been able to win elections without the Muslim vote, which is about 10% of the French population.

    Posted by: olterigo | Nov 30, 2012 10:35:01 PM

  6. @chrisme

    Now, I've been watching news, and from what I can tell most of the rockets were not being sent at settlements in the West Bank, but at at the civilian population centers in Israel itself. Of course, if you see all of Israel as occupation and wish for its disappearance, I can see how that little thing would escape your attention.

    Posted by: olterigo | Nov 30, 2012 10:38:54 PM

  7. @Andrew,

    Here, I think you might be interested in the Foreign Policy article called "How Israel Lost Europe." Here's what that article says:

    "According to one European diplomat well versed in Spain's foreign policy, Hollande capitalized on the weak Spanish economy to push Madrid to vote for the PLO's upgrade. "France knows our weakness -- the bank crisis -- and expanded it to foreign policy," he said. In short, the diplomat noted that Spain had joined France as part of a bloc of countries -- including Italy and Portugal -- in exchange for France's protection in upcoming rounds of austerity talks.

    The diplomat also noted that Spain is attempting to obtain a seat on the U.N. Security Council and that the vote may have been a way to court favor from Arab countries.

    In fairness, Israel always faced an uphill battle in Europe, where Muslim populations are on the rise and pro-Palestinian sentiments continue to gain traction."

    Posted by: olterigo | Nov 30, 2012 11:52:07 PM

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