Palestine's status in UN raised, US and Israel jolted
Despite intense opposition from the US and Israel, Palestine won a historical UN General Assembly vote which upgraded its status to non-member observer state at the world body on Thursday, November 28.
WELCOMING THE vote, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the vote underscores the urgency of a resumption of meaningful negotiations and provides new impetus to our collective efforts to ensure that 'an independent, sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine lives side by side with a secure State of Israel'.
The vote had the following status.
-Members of UN General Assembly: 193
-Votes in favour of Palestine: 138
-Opposing countries: 9
-Abstaining countries: 41
India voted in favour of upgrading the status of Palestinian Authority from ‘entity’ to ‘non-member observer state' which was seen as a defeat for Israel and the US.
Palestinians cheered, honked their car horns and chanted “God is great” after the United Nations endorsed an independent state status of Palestine favouring their demands for sovereignty over lands Israel occupied in 1967.