Thursday, November 29, 2012
UN general assembly recognises Palestinian state 138-9 with 41 abstaining.(AlGuardian). UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon speaks in favor of the resolution. "I believe that Palestinians have the right to its own state. I believe that Israel has the right to peace and security," he says. Ban says the resolution should be taken as an opportunity to restart the peace process. "We must give new impetus to our collective efforts" toward a two-state solution, he says.
6m ago Palestine statehood passes 138-9, with 41 abstaining UN resolution A/67/L28 granting Palestine non-member observer state status passes, 138-9 with 41 abstaining. Huge applause breaks out in the hall. Abbas is receiving hugs. A Palestinian flag is being unfolded on the floor.
CSPAN turns the camera on US Ambassador Susan Rice. She looks like she wishes she were in Benghazi.
Hmmm.....Obama's BFF Turkey - Davitoglu: Palestinians should know that "Turkey will stand with you forever. You are not alone... We will stand by you until there is a free Palestine... with al-Quds as its capital... its capital forever."
The Canadian foreign minister is now addressing the UN. He says the resolution is a unilateral move and damages prospects for an enduring peace.
Notable in Abbas' speech was his reference to Israeli war crimes. Israel believes it is above international law and "immune from consequences," he said, a belief bolstered by "some" in the international community. Non-member observer state status could open the way for possible war crimes charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court. Prosor took to the offensive, saying the Palestinians had turned their backs on peace by trying to unilaterally claim statehood. He said the resolution failed to recognize the Israeli state. He said Israeli overtures of peace have been met with Palestinian terrorism. Canada's done, and will vote against the resolution.Hooray for Canada.Read the full story here.