Palestinian statehood up for vote at United Nations

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A vote is scheduled at the United Nations Thursday for a Palestinian upgrade request. It’s the first step towards Palestinian statehood.

If Palestinians win a majority in the United Nations General Assembly, the UN will recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state, like the Vatican. Palestine’s territory would include the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

Palestinian Lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi said it’s time “…for the world to begin to rectify a grave historical injustice that the Palestinians have undergone. Beginning with the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.”

Some observers have said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas needs this United Nations vote to regain authority among Palestinians. It’s been quiet there since last week’s ceasefire with Israel. Hamas, which controls Gaza, battled with Israel during a week of conflict.

Israel has threatened a strong response if Palestinians seek statehood from the United Nations.

“We think this is a mistake, it’s political theater. I mean the Palestinians can get a piece of paper from the United Nations but they are not going to get a state. Palestinian statehood can only be achieved through negotiations with Israel,” said Israeli government spokesman Marc Regev.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “The path to a two state solution that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian people is through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not New York.

Palestinians have had permanent observer status at the UN since 1974.


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