UN recognizes state of Palestine


Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman gestures as he embraces the United States Ambassador Susan Rice after speaking during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly prior to a vote on a resolution on the issue of upgrading the Palestinian Authority’s status to non-member observer state in the UN headquarters Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. AP PHOTO/KATHY WILLENS

UNITED NATIONS—The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.

The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body—a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions.

A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation.

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 UN status.

The United States immediately criticized the historic vote. “Today’s unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path peace,” UN Ambassador Susan Rice said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the General Assembly shortly before the vote “defamatory and venomous,” saying it was “full of mendacious propaganda” against Israel.

Abbas had told the General Assembly that it was “being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine.” Abbas said the vote is the last chance to save the two-state solution.

After the vote, Netanyahu said the UN move violated past agreements between Israel and the Palestinians and that Israel would act accordingly, without elaborating what steps it might take.

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  • arao_liwanag

    For whom did the Philippines cast it’s vote. Was it dragged by by the US to follow it’s losing line? Did it abstain? Did it cast for Palestinian and be on the side of justice and history? The Filipino people have the right to know. Nognoy answer this question.

    • Juan Rivera

      Why ask the President. Do your own research.

    • nakawan

      google it schmuck

      • JunPyo123

        even wiki

    • mc_lantern92

      the Philippines do recognize Palestine as an independent nation. also, the Philippines do have diplomatic relations with Palestine. in conclusion, maybe the Philippines voted  for recognition of a Palestinian state.

    • JunPyo123

      Even Wiki can answer your question.

    • BarracudaAKN

      Philippines voted in favor of the resolution.

  • i_am_filipino


  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    It is about time to recognize Palestinian state and hopefully this will lead to a long lasting peace in the region. But honestly, it is not going to happen in my lifetime…….

  • Julio7

    Welcome “194”

    Next, file the genocide case at ICC against Israel war criminals. I hope Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago will castigate the Israeli war criminals like Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu…

  • EdgarEdgar


  • mad_as_Hamlet

    The World’s message to Israel and the United States:  “You cannot choose upon which peoples you only want to apply the “live and let live” principle.  It would be a contradiction in terms.”

    Congratulations, World!

    • Julio7

      This only proves that USA and Israel are partner in crime. Their never-ending love affairs are despicable. Indeed, their romantic love song resonates again, “Me and You Against the World”.
      “Honestly, all you (USA) saw was me (Israel).
      You didn’t care what they (World) said.
      You stood by me instead”

      “I know in my dreams, they say I’m crazy (yes, Israel you’re so crazy)
      No matter what, when you’re around
      It feels like we both are certain
      It’s the real thing,
      Nothing beats the feeling.
      Only our hearts can know.
      Who cares what they say?
      They can’t get in our way”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Palestinians belong to the family of nations called the United Nations. Palestine as a place has been the subject of controversy since the ancient times. This is a long overdue victory for the people of Palestine. I think that Israel must concede and accept the observer status of Palestine. The dominance of Jewish thinking in diplomatic affairs of Israel must be tempered and replaced by a more open-minded and open-heartfelt view of the world. 

    Somehow, the civilizations from that side of the world have clung on the idea of seeing things only from their viewpoints and not beyond those. Israel and the Muslim states around it have done the same repeating the mistakes of the past by the crude philosophy of “an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth”. This is  why the Palestinians have been the innocent victims of the protracted war of extremists on both sides of the fence – foremost of which nowadays are the Israel’s ancestral claim of most of the Gaza strip and Iran’s president’s remark on the “myth of the holocaust where six millions Jews died at the hands of the Nazis.” By instigating Europe into the fray, Iran aims to divide the UN and anger the Jews all over the world whose roots can be traced to Israel. 

    Unfortunately, the United States openly supports Israel and, indirectly, tolerates the indiscriminate firing of artillery over the borders in Palestine. Peace has become elusive because of senseless display of arrogance and pride. Humility is hard to find among the world powers of today.

    • Magsasaka

      holocaust myth? are you from another planet?

  • Crysis_III

    Give them the land that they want so the Israeli will stop the occupation of their land. Hopefully it will be a long lasting peace there in the Middle East. 

  • blainz

    About god*amn time. Onward to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

  • regd

    What good is a state that promised to destroy from existence it’s neighbor?

    • straightalks

       Where did you get that crap? The PA did not promise that. Hamas din. But Hamas is just a party within the PA. For instance, we have the CCP-NPA in the Philippines that wants to destroy capitalism and the US, would the US then bomb us for that? Idiotic.

  • Twiddles

    Palestinian Refugees are treated like crap in the neighboring Arab countries, Except for Israel, which grants them near-citizenship privileges and a decent chance at making a living. Israel’s enemies are merely using Palestine to make Israel look bad. 

    • Julio7

      Let me tell you a story and after that make your own judgment on what you think is fair and right:

      You are sitting at home which you have had in your family for over 1400 years when all of a sudden, a beggar comes to your door and asks you to let them in to save them from the environment. Your boss finds out that this beggar has been attempting to come in to your house and being a generous man, “tells” you in not so many words, that “it would be better” to let this beggar and his family in. He promises to support you and make it worth your while if you do so. Funny how he forgot his mansion and thought that only your home would do.

      Then, to your surprise, after you agree and treat this beggar and his family in a fine manner, he decides that your home is too good for you and it would suit him better than you so he calls on your boss and “convinces” him of that.

      Again being such a generous man, your boss agrees with his suggestions and supports him evict you from your home. Then, out of feeling guilty that he had been too unfair towards you he convinces the beggar to take you back in. Grudgingly, beggar lets you in put only if you agree to be, for all terms and purposes, his slave. Your movements are restricted, your dignity attacked and your family unsafe but at the end you expect this all to be temporary as justice will prevail.

      Then after all avenues of decency are exhausted, you take to attacking the beggar and his family hoping that they will go away. Question: Is this family wrong in attacking the beggar and his family? Should they negotiate for a peaceful settlement?  If you are truly fair, would you hold yourself guilty of teaching your children to hate that of the beggar’s? Would it be wrong to dream that the house that had been your families for 1400 years should one day be yours again?

      Now let’s just change the labels in the story so that “you” reads “Palestine or Palestinian”, “boss” means “USA or UK”, “the beggar” means “Israel or Israeli.”

      Now read the story again and truly ask yourself who is the one who wants peace and who is causing the pain to prolong. If we accept as a fact that there will never be a complete Palestinian state covering all of the land of Palestine, would it not be fair that both parties should get equal land and equal resources?

      Would it not be fair that the Palestinians not be treated like slaves? Is it not fair that the Palestinians get a land that is continuous and not one that the Israelis can attack and destroy whenever the whim takes them? Do the Palestinians who have been living under the shade of occupation and subjugation for over 55 years not have the same rights the Israeli enjoy?

      If indeed Israel gives the same right with their citizens and the Palestinian populations, why Israel doesn’t agree with the return of 4 million Palestinian refugees?

      • wood68

         the jews were already is israel even before 612 AD. the “palestinians” are descended from the philistines or amorites or moabites or any tribe that once lived in that area. the “palestinians” are descended from the muslim horde that went forth and conquered non-muslim lands. among these lands are persia which is modern day iran, babylon which is modern day iraq, byzantine empire which is modern day turkey, greece, spain, northern africa, parts of india and parts of europe. if the palestinians were to be returned to their own ancestral home then they should be returned to saudi arabia or the city of medina to be precise since islam was well accepted there right after muhammad expelled the jews living in medina. even the city of mecca was not a muslim territory until muhammad broke his treaty with the meccans and caught them off-guard. by the way, how about the jews who were expelled by the muslims from iraq, syria, lebanon, arabian peninsula and north africa? do they also have the right to return or is it just the “palestinian” who are accorded that right?

      • straightalks

         With this argument, we should all leave the Philippines and go to either Taiwan or Indonesia depending on the anthropological migration theory you believe in. Let the Negritos rule the Philippines, they were here before us. So if you pack your bags and go, I will believe that you mean what you say. Otherwise, shut up. You’re talking B.S.

      • Julio7

        Mr Wood, we are now in the year 2012 fast moving to 2013. You are claiming a 2000 years that the Israeli/Jews live in this land called Palestine. Under what proof do you support that claim…..a holy book?

        Just to let you know, 2000 years ago, there were no borders, there were no borders then which the Jews could claimed. And we know that they wander around the world. They went to Russia, to Poland, to America, to South Africa, to Eastern Europe not because of persecution but because they are wanderer. Now it is insane, unreasonable and illogical to accept that they should return because this is a promise land to them by God.

        Palestinians are continually living for 1400 years. Yes, still living until today even under occupation. The Palestinian refugees who fled because of indiscriminate and systematic demolition of Palestinian homes by the Israeli government have the right to return. They have the Torrens title to show their proof.

        Let’s test this logic today, if your argument will pass:

        50 years back I lived in under-develop Bicutan where areas now considered as prime lot in Fort Bonifacio and my only proof is a written paper that says I lived there. Now I live in Quezon City because there is no life in Bicutan before. If I now want to go back to Fort Bonifacio and claim that is mine because I lived there 50 years back…I would totally look insane and they will put me to Mental Hospital in Mandaluyong City and give me Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, and Viibryd to treat my mental illness…

  • roy roy

    Protestants will usually support Israel. Catholics the Palestinians. One of the long list of moral bankruptcy inculcated to the masses by the Church.  I wished more discerning Filipinos can see that being in the same side of Pakistan, China, Libya, the rest of the world in this decision is not an honor, versus being in the side of Israel, US, and Canada.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • rinom

    it is not good to give the Palestine the sovereign state because their dream is to wipe Israel out in the face of the earth,  

    • Julio7

      That’s what the excuse of most Israelis, but they never question the dream of the Zionist.

      All you have to do is go to any significant book on history and read what the leaders of Israel like Moshe Dyane or Ben Gurion or Golda Meier had to say about the Arabs and what they intend to do.

      You can see some of the pungent action from the leader of Israel and find out what I am saying is difficult to swallow. I know all of this is history and I am not addressing the points this was just to show you that in order to achieve peace, equality and mutual respect must exist in the first place.

      “There is no other way than to transfer the Arabs from here to neighboring countries, not one village, not one tribe should be left” – Joseph Weitz, First President of Israel, 1940.

      “They can ignore our guns and bombs, but when we start destroying their homes, that will get their attention. In Arabic, the worst curse you can call upon someone is to say ‘May your home be destroyed.” – Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in an address to the Knesset, August 1976. (10,000 homes destroyed since 1987)

      “Even today I am willing to volunteer to do the dirty work for Israel, to kill as many Arabs as necessary, to deport them, to expel and burn them, to have everyone hate us, to pull the rug from underneath the feet of the Diaspora Jews, so that they will be forced to run to us crying. Even if it means blowing up one or two synagogues here and there, I don’t care. And I don’t mind if after the job is done you put me in front of a Nuremberg Trial and then jail me for life. Hang me if you want, as a war criminal. What you lot don’t understand is that the dirty work of Zionism is not finished yet, far from it.” – Ariel Sharon made these statements in 1982 attempting to finish the dirty work of Zionism.

      “My friends, take care. When you recognize the concept of “Palestine”, you demolish your right to live in Ein Hahoresh. If this is Palestine and not the Land of Israel, then you are conqueror and not tillers of the land. You are invaders. If this Palestine, them it belongs to a people who lived here before you came. Only if it is the Land of Israel do you have a right to live in Ein Hahoresh and in Deganiyah. If it is not your country, your fatherland, the country of your ancestors and of your sons, then what are you doing here? You came to another people’s homeland, as they claim, you expelled them and you have taken their land” Menahem Begin – founder of Israel.

      More from the horse’s mouth:

      “Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arabs leader, I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it’s true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschweitz, but was that their fault? They only see one things: we came here and stole their country. Why should they accept it?” David Ben-Gurion – main founder of Israel and first Prime Minister.

      • rinom

        who is the adviser of God to instruct him? God is sovereign and he can do what ever he wanted to do. what if the people became wicked and served other gods,,, does he has the right to wipe them out? God has no end but men has, remember that.

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