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U.N. recognizes state of Palestine

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 29, 2012 at 4:10 p.m. Updated November 29, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.

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President of the Palestinan National Authority Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly before the body's historic vote to recognize Palestine as its 194th State at U.N. Headquarters on Thursday.

— The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.

The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body — a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions.

A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation. Jubilant Palestinians who crowded around outdoor screens and television sets to watch the vote hugged, honked and set off fireworks in celebration.

Real independence, however, remains an elusive dream until the Palestinians negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, who warned that the General Assembly action will only delay a lasting solution. Israel still controls the West Bank, east Jerusalem and access to Gaza, and it accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with the campaign to upgrade their U.N. status.

The United States immediately criticized the historic vote. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the vote “unfortunate” and “counterproductive.” U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to continue direct peace talks and said the vote did "not establish Palestine as a state."

Abbas had told the General Assembly that it was “being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine.” Abbas said the vote is the last chance to save the two-state solution.

After the vote, Netanyahu said the UN move violated past agreements between Israel and the Palestinians and that Israel would act accordingly, without elaborating what steps it might take.

Just before the vote, Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Ron Prosor, warned the General Assembly that “the Palestinians are turning their backs on peace” and that the U.N. can’t break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.

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atl7649 says... November 29, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.

Bad mistake but what done is done...now they have to deal with it!

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TheBatt says... November 29, 2012 at 4:41 p.m.

A sad day for Israel and for the logical world. While the Palestinians continue their campaign of terrorism with Hamas (all with the direct backing of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and even more importantly, Iran), they have "won" recognition.

I guess the USA should now apologize to Afghanistan and the Taliban for our "acts of terror" in our war against them. The Muslim world is just a poor, misunderstood bunch. We should just tolerate terrorism (or human-caused disaster as our President prefers) in the name of peace and just getting along.

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JakeTidmore says... November 29, 2012 at 5:28 p.m.

It is a state -- land and people. After being kicked out of their land years ago to make an area for Israel, it's about time this action took place.

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WTR44 says... November 29, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

Well BILLSmith, I think you should open your and see the world like is.....and not as you would like it, or think it is!!

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razorback715 says... November 29, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.

It's time to leave this joke organization and ask them politely to get the hell out of our country. I suggest Pakistan, Kenya or Outer Mongolia as possible new sites for the UN and that they change the name to The United Third World Nations.

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RonalFos says... November 29, 2012 at 6:09 p.m.

The US is on the wrong side of this issue. The Palestinians deserve their own state and Israel is not working seriously toward this. They are stalling so they can take more land from the Palestinians. Don't forget this last dust up in the region was caused by Israel killing a Hamas leader in Gaza. Both sides need to talk not fight.

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LevyRat says... November 29, 2012 at 7:23 p.m.

Yes, bleeding hearts, this scum is now "recognized" by the UN. Where is this "state"???? Can you say terrorists!!!!!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... November 29, 2012 at 7:52 p.m.

They are still Bedouins.

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Populist says... November 29, 2012 at 8:43 p.m.

People are people. The Israelis and Palestinians both have committed many wrongs toward each other. Neither group will have any peace until they accept the humanity of the other.

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T6 says... November 29, 2012 at 8:56 p.m.

It ISN'T Israel who has the OBJECTIVE of WIPING the Palestians OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH!!!!!!!!!

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