The U.N. General Assembly today voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as an observer state. 138 countries voted yes, 9 voted no, and 41 abstained.
“The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine,” said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
A number of European countries, among them France, Spain and Switzerland — voted in favor of Palestine. Israel and the U.S. voted against the resolution, and Britain and Germany were among the countries that abstained.