November 30, 2012

Palestinian Status Change

Yesterday, the UN voted to recognize the West Bank and Gaza as the sovereign state of Palestine.

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.


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