UN votes to grant observer status to 'Palestinian state'
It appears the Palestinians have crossed the Rubicon with the UN rowing the boats.
The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians and an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.
The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the U.N. was approved by a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions, in the 193-member world body.
A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, hundreds crowded into the main square waved Palestinian flags and chanted "God is great." Others who had watched the vote on outdoor screens and television sets hugged, honked and set off fireworks before dancing in the streets.
Real independence, however, remains an elusive dream until the Palestinians negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, who warned that the General Assembly action will only delay a lasting solution. Israel still controls the West Bank, east Jerusalem and access to Gaza, and it accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with the campaign to upgrade their U.N. status.
Looking at reality, one wonders what dream world the UN is living in:
The Palestinians still face enormous limitations. They don't control their borders, airspace or trade, they have separate and competing governments in Gaza and the West Bank and they have no unified army or police.
If it doesn't look like a state, act like a state, or exist with recognizable agreed upon borders, how in Allah's name can it be considered a "state?"
And, of course, the UN has just created the first "state" in history whose goal is to annihilate its neighbor.
Only in the cockamamie, upside down world of the United Nations could such a rank injustice be done to another state by approving the creation of an entity sworn to destroy it.