UPDATED: On Thursday, 138 nations voted in the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) to declare a „State of Palestine” and recognize it as a „non-member observer state” within the international community. Forty-one nations abstained from voting. Only nine nations voted against the resolution: the U.S., Israel, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama.
* In his speech to the UNGA, Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (aka, Abu Mazen) said, „“We did not come here to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel. Rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of a state that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine.” However, he also praised the Palestinian terrorists who died in the war against Israel last week in Gaza, calling them „beloved martyrs.”
* The Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesman responded: „The world watched a defamatory and venomous speech that was full of mendacious propaganda against the IDF and the citizens…
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