A new chapter was added in the history of the United Nations on Thursday when nearly 140 countries voted to recognize the Palestinian territories as a “non member observer state”.
This was despite the “strenuous objections of Israel and the U.S., marking a milestone with potentially far-reaching consequences for the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict”,said the Reuter’s report by Joe Lauria at the UN,Joshua Mitnick in Ramallah and Jay Solomon in Washighton.
Their report further said that “the 138-9 vote, with 41 abstentions, came on the 65th anniversary of the assembly’s resolution calling for the partition of British mandate Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.
The new status, which is akin to the Vatican’s own stature in the world body, marked a rare victory for the Fatah party’s diplomatic path toward statehood after its rival Hamas’s military strategy had taken the spotlight during the recent Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah, who were crowded around outdoor television screens during the vote in New York erupted into applause, whistles and hugs, as some people fired guns into the air and beeped car horns in celebration.”
“We didn’t come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the state that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine,” the same report quoting Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, said.