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THE VOTE just after 10pm on Thursday night by the United Nations General Assembly granting Palestine UN diplomatic status of 'non-member observer' (the same as the Vatican) has been welcomed whilst the US and Israel have been given the two fingers

Thursday was, coincidentally, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The vote was 138 in favour, 41 abstentions, 9 against.

Ireland voted in favour whilst our near neighbours sat on the fence
 
Why was Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of State so trenchantly opposed to the Palestinian's efforts to achieve recognition?

She called the vote "counterproductive." Obama didn't need to be lobbying so hard against this motion: the US is now one of nine countries in the world to vote against this.

And then they wonder about why militant Islam attacks the US.

"Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path of peace," U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said. "Today's grand pronouncements will soon fade and the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded."
 
But something has changed though ...

" The vote will not immediately end the Palestinians' six-decade wait for independence and will not give them a vote at the UN. But it will enable them to join the International Criminal Court and potentially prosecute Israelis for war crimes, and seek rulings on territorial disputes at the International Court of Justice."
 
Perhaps by way of celebration they'll drag a couple of people round chained to the back of motorcycles, or execute a few women for kissing in public, or blow up some of their own children.

All hail the Palestinians, the very essence of a civilised society.
 
All hail Palestine! Let's strap explosives to our kids!

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