Last week's vote to extend nonmember observer status to the Palestinians was a primer on what is wrong with the United Nations, the European Union, the Palestinian Authority, and the United States when it comes to the Middle East.
On Thursday, the Palestinian Authority won "non-member observer state" status at the United Nations General Assembly.
President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority spoke at the United Nations before the General Assembly voted on Palestine's status as a "nonmember observer state" on Thursday.
Poll of the Day Do you agree with the United Nations General Assembly 's decision to endorse an upgraded UN status for the Palestinian Authority.
L ast fall, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, granted membership to the Palestinian Authority, which is not a state.
Israel will withhold tax revenues from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel 's foreign minister said.
On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted to "upgrade" the Palestinian Authority to "non-member observer state.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting on the rights of Palestinians at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday ahead of the General Assembly vote.
The United Nations General Assembly voted today to upgrade the Palestinian Authority to a "non-member observer state," a symbolic victory in the Palestinian quest for statehood.
What is your reaction to the United Nations vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority to observer status.
UNITED NATIONS—Just nine nations voted against the Palestinian Authority's upgrade to nonvoting observer state status, which passed the General Assembly 138-9, with 41 abstentions.
In mid-November, the Palestinian Authority (PA) will ask the United Nations General Assembly to change its status from "observer state" to "non-member state".