Shelby: Palestinians celebrated as the UN agreed to elevate their status to a nonmember observer state. That is not the same as full UN membership but the new status does give Palestine access to some international groups like the international criminal court, where some experts say Palestinians could try to bring charges of war crimes against Israel.
Israel and its biggest ally, the United States, voted against the Palestinian request. U.S. officials say the only path to peace is through direct negotiations and not through the UN.
The UN vote is more symbolic than anything and it has no direct effect on the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.
- What is a nonmember observer state?
- What parts of the region are now considered Palestine?
- What is the difference between the nonmember observer state status and full UN membership?
- Why did the U.S. and Israel vote against the Palestinian request?
- What effect, if any, will this decision have on the peace process in the Holy Land?