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UN votes in favor of Palestinian Statehood

A vote on Thursday of 138 Yes, 9 No and 41 abstentions gave Palestine non-member observer state status in the United Nations

December 1, 2012 – A vote on Thursday of 138 Yes, 9 No and 41 abstentions gave Palestine non-member observer state status in the United Nations. Ron Prosor, the Ambassador to the U.N. from Israel and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority President traded recriminations and accusations in their speeches that preceded the vote. The resolution was passed even though there was stiff opposition from Israel and the United States.

Abbas said that Palestine arrived at the General Assembly during a time it was still tending to wounds and burying the dead who fell at the hands of the latest aggression by Israel. He said the U.N. resolution was the last chance the two-state solution could be made and a last attempt at peace. Abbas called the occupation by Israel a racist and colonial occupation and it is urgent that it is ended.

Prosor told listeners that the 35th anniversary of Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem was this week. He told the U.N. assembly that Menachem Begin, the prime minister of Israel at that time welcomed Sadat and said that if peace is to endure, the security of Israel is to be protected. Prosor said the Palestinians needed to recognize the Jewish state and be prepared to end all hostilities now and forever.

Prosor said everyone in Israel is waiting for another leader to follow the path that President Sadat did. He said, as long as Abbas preferred symbolism before reality, as long as he preferred to travel for a U.N. resolution over a dialogue with Israel, peace would not be reached.

The full bid for membership in the U.N. for the Palestinian Authority was thwarted in 2011 when the U.S. threatened to veto it in the Security Council. The vote yesterday increased the trend for Palestinian statehood support in EU countries. A dozen said they would vote in favor of it, while the majority was abstaining. Germany said they would vote against it and was the only EU member that voted

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