UN votes to recognize a Palestinian state

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to grant the Palestinians nonmember observer state status, a major victory in their quest for independent international recognition.

The final vote count was 138-9, with 41 abstentions. The United States and Israel opposed the resolution.

The vote does not create a Palestinian state, only upgrades the Palestinian Authority’s status within the U.N., putting it on par with the Vatican — the only other entity with nonmember observer state status.

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