Palestine granted statehood by U.N.

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The United Nations voted Thursday to recognize Palestine as a “non-member observer state,” according to the Washington Post.

This grants Palestinians limited state rights, including the right to join the International Criminal Court and other international treaties.

More than two-thirds of the U.N., which is made up of 193 members, overwhelmingly granted statehood to Palestine, voting 138 to 9, with 41 abstentions.

The vote stems as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, the United States and Israel criticized the decision, claiming it would only complicate efforts for Middle East peace agreements.

“Today’s unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path peace,” said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed, saying the U.N.’s vote “will change nothing on the ground.”

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