We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the state that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine.
–Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after today’s U.N. vote, 138 – 9, in favor of granting Palestine “observer state” status.
WTF, Mahmoud? We talked about this. How are we supposed to justify killing, maiming, bombing and starving your people if you’re just going to go around saying shit like this? Not helpful. (At all.)
So out of 193 U.N. member states, only nine voted against granting Palestinians “non-member observer state” status, the same status the Vatican presently enjoys. According to my ladymath, that is not even five percent. (Guess which way the U.S. voted? OMFG YOU WILL NEVER GUESS!!!11!!!!)
Perhaps you may be wondering why nine of the U.N.’s 193 member states would object to the Palestine’s “non-member observer state” status. Could it be because “non-member observer state” status would allow Palestinians access to the International Criminal Court? Nah. It can’t be that, because Israel obviously has nothing to worry about with respect to war crimes.
So what’s the problem? I sure don’t know. Maybe you can spot it:
“No decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel,” [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu said.
The United States and Israel have remained steadfast in their opposition, saying the move will not advance the cause of Middle East peace.
Well if anyone knows about achieving peace in the Middle East, surely it’s the United States and Israel.