5 out of 13 Articles
UN General Assembly

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution Boosting Standing of Palestinian Mission

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday, May 10, overwhelmingly backed a Palestinian bid to become a full UN member by recognizing it as qualified to join and recommending the UN Security Council “reconsider the matter favorably.”

The vote by the 193-member General Assembly was a global survey of support for the Palestinian bid to become a full UN member — a move that would effectively recognize a Palestinian state — after the United States vetoed it in the UN Security Council last month.

The assembly adopted a resolution with 143 votes in favor and nine against — including the US and Israel — while 25 countries abstained. It does not give the Palestinians full UN membership but simply recognizes them as qualified to join.

The General Assembly resolution “determines that the State of Palestine … should therefore be admitted to membership” and it “recommends that the Security Council reconsider the matter favorably.” Foreign Minister Israel Katz labeled the decision a “prize for Hamas,” in a statement released by his office. (TOI / VFI News)