(Image source: Sky News)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

The Palestinian Authority’s UN observer status is now “non-member state.” It used to be simply “entity,” and the status upgrade amounts to what Reuters is calling implicit recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state.

It was a historic vote — before which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the body for what he called Palestine’s “birth certificate.” (VIDEO VIA CTV)

The status change is mostly symbolic, though Sky News notes Palestinians consider it a big step toward recognition.

SKY NEWS: “That’s more than symbolically important because the world body is now recognizing implicitly Palestine as a state. This doesn’t mean and recognition isn’t the same thing as creation. They haven’t created a state.”

It also doesn’t mean UN membership for Palestine — that can come only from the Security Council, and the U.S. has veto power there. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Thursday’s vote “unfortunate and counterproductive.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said the vote would be bad for peace in the region.

So too did U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, who shortly after the vote, said peace was best achieved through direct negotiation between Israel and Palestine. But editors for Israel’s Haaretz argue — the vote does NOT represent an obstacle to peace.

“There is no basis for Israel's fear of international recognition of Palestine. ... It isn't just the Palestinians who deserve a diplomatic horizon. The Israelis deserve one too.”

193 nations make up the UN General Assembly, and only 9 voted against the resolution, with 41 abstaining from the vote.

UN Upgrades Palestine's Status to Non-Member State

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Nov 29, 2012

UN Upgrades Palestine's Status to Non-Member State

(Image source: Sky News)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

The Palestinian Authority’s UN observer status is now “non-member state.” It used to be simply “entity,” and the status upgrade amounts to what Reuters is calling implicit recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state.

It was a historic vote — before which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the body for what he called Palestine’s “birth certificate.” (VIDEO VIA CTV)

The status change is mostly symbolic, though Sky News notes Palestinians consider it a big step toward recognition.

SKY NEWS: “That’s more than symbolically important because the world body is now recognizing implicitly Palestine as a state. This doesn’t mean and recognition isn’t the same thing as creation. They haven’t created a state.”

It also doesn’t mean UN membership for Palestine — that can come only from the Security Council, and the U.S. has veto power there. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Thursday’s vote “unfortunate and counterproductive.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said the vote would be bad for peace in the region.

So too did U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, who shortly after the vote, said peace was best achieved through direct negotiation between Israel and Palestine. But editors for Israel’s Haaretz argue — the vote does NOT represent an obstacle to peace.

“There is no basis for Israel's fear of international recognition of Palestine. ... It isn't just the Palestinians who deserve a diplomatic horizon. The Israelis deserve one too.”

193 nations make up the UN General Assembly, and only 9 voted against the resolution, with 41 abstaining from the vote.

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