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US and Israel blast Palestine as UN observer state

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Despite fierce objections by the Unites States and Israel, the UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as a non-member observer state.

The Palestinians can now take part in UN debates and join bodies like the International Criminal Court.

Palestine, which has not been internationally recognized as a state, is now only one step away from becoming a UN member.

The assembly voted 138-9 in favour, with 41 nations abstaining.

The following countries voted for: France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Turkey, China, Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria

Israel, US and Canada voted against, while nations as UK, Germany, Australia, Colombia abstained.

Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated on the streets of Ramallah, in the West Bank after the result was announced, reports BBC.

Meanwhile, Israel and US are harshly criticizing the move by the UN.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls the vote “unfortunate and counter-productive”, stressing that it puts obstacles on the path to peace.

According to Israel’s envoy to the UN said the bid pushed peace process “backwards”.

But Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the vote “meaningless”. He says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas does not want peace.

“Sixty-five years ago on this day, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181, which partitioned the land of historic Palestine into two states and became the birth certificate for Israel,” Abbas says.

“The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine,” he adds.

It should be added that his Fatah movement is deeply split from the militant Hamas movement which rules in Gaza.

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  1. JPR says:

    Shame on Latvia for abstaining! Support the world community, not Zionist run Israel and US.

    For: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

    AGAINST: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Panama, and United States of America.

  2. Fedor says:

    Yes Latvia is forever a servile servant of the USA like Nauru and federation of Micronesia .Sutch a shame .Russia voted for together with civilized countries.

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