On 29 November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of the Palestinians to that of a “non-member state”.
The General Assembly voted by 138-9 to recognise the Palestinians as a non-member observer state, with 41 states abstaining.
The Palestinians can now take part in UN debates and potentially join bodies like the International Criminal Court (ICC). It follows a failed bid to join the international body as a full member state in 2011 because it had to be approved by the 15-member UN Security Council.
In the face of strong lobbying by Israel’s close ally, the United States, it could not secure the nine votes it would have required, and as a permanent member of the council, the US was expected to use its veto power to stop the bid.
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