As expected, the vote in the UN’s General Assembly on granting observer status to the Palestinian Authority as “a non-member state” has passed by 138 votes to 9, with 41 abstentions. The abstentions are more than I expected, but they were nowhere near enough to counter the automatic anti-Israel majority that exists in the UN.
Kudos to The Times of Israel which has been live-blogging the vote, and has brought us the texts of the speeches of Palestinian President (or is he chairman?) Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has won the approval of the United Nations General Assembly for ‘Palestine’ as a nonmember state, a dramatic move that may have wide-reaching implications. Though Israel and the US vociferously opposed the move, it passed by a wide margin
Some other highlights:
The US has been Israel’s staunchest backer against…
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