UN General Assembly votes to recognize state of Palestine; US calls vote ‘counterproductive’

U.N. Amb. Susan Rice and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have declared today’s vote by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a state “unfortunate and counterproductive,” although Rice was also quick to note that the resolution does not establish a Palestinian state; rather, it grants Palestine the status of “nonmember observer state” at the General Assembly.

The overwhelming vote to recognize Palestine was certainly no surprise, with the United States and Israel standing with only a handful of nations, including Canada.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a harsh critic of Rice and her handling of Benghazigate, was on the same page regarding the effect of the vote on the ongoing peace process. Supporters of Israel fear that Palestine’s new status could further isolate Israel and pave the way for war crimes charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court.

The vote has supporters of Israel questioning not so much the status of Palestine but the legitimacy of the United Nations itself.

Those who stand with the majority in the General Assembly, though, were quick to denounce the United States, Israel and those nations that abstained.

For her part, Rice quickly downplayed the importance of the vote.


  • http://twitter.com/LorenaPena2 Lorena

    BO & UN both gutless wonders need to go!

  • $18912735

    “US calls vote ‘counterproductive’”

    Um, yes… it’s the UN. They specialize in counter-productivity at the UN.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil


    I move that we relocate the UN and all it’s members to the new “state” of Palestine!

    Will anyone second that?

    • $18912735


    • Rella

      All in favor say AYE! Aye! And now we can discuss what to do with the money we shouldn’t be sending to the UN — I know! Michele Antoinette needs a few vacations since she had to skip her summer holiday.

    • Elaine

      U.N. = Usless nonsense. DITCH them and stop funding these idiots. We should remain a sovereign nation. They have NO control over us and yes, kick them out.

  • Rella

    boy that Susan Rice is doing a bang up job at the UN. She should so totally get a promotion or something for her awesome diplomatic skills in representing the US! I’m sure that somehow this vote is super de duper stategy of Obama’s and people who don’t see how great this is are really just too dumb to understand the Great One’s ability to lead from behind. We’ve got the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt with a new dictator, Libya’s a clusterf%^&k etc, etc, but hey THE ONE is making the US stronger every day and people LIKE US as demonstrated by this UN vote.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    The UN is a left-wing organization with plans for a world government; its disguise is a peace organization. They don’t condemn China’s atrocities; why should them condemn Palestine?

    BTW, being part Czech, I am proud that she was one of the few nations that voted against the others. c:

    • Lady 12

      Yeah, cudos to the Czechs. But I was kind of surprised. I thought Czech Republic was sure to go for Palestine – or am I the only one surprised?

  • Stephanie Warren