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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-30-12 12:47 AM
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UN vote recognizes state of Palestine; US objects
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Edited on Fri Nov-30-12 01:02 AM by No Elephants

Nov 30, 12:20 AM EST

UN vote recognizes state of Palestine; US objects

By MICHAEL ASTOR and PETER JAMES SPIELMANN
Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians still face enormous limitations: They don't control their borders, airspace or trade, they have separate and competing governments in Gaza and the West Bank, and they have no unified army or police.

In an extraordinary lineup of international support, more than two-thirds of the world body's 193 member states approved the resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status from an observer to a nonmember observer state on Thursday. It passed 138-9, with 41 abstentions.

The vote was a victory decades in the making for the Palestinians after years of occupation and war. It was a sharp rebuke for Israel and the United States.

The vote grants Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas an overwhelming international endorsement for his key position: establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, the territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation, after an electronic screen lit up with the final vote.


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/UN_UN_PALESTINIA...

Among those abstaining were the UK, France and Germany.

Israeli claimed that this will only delay Israel's 64 year long earnest quest for a lasting peace in the Middle East.

Well, Israel did not say anything about 64 years.

Somehow, I don't think anything good will come of any of this.

Coincidentally or not, the vote was been taken soon after they exhumed Arafat to try to see if he had been poisoned.
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