Thursday’s U.N. vote came despite staunch opposition from the United States and Israel, who threatened to withdraw funding from Palestinians amidst concerns they could use their new status to challenge Israel in international court. Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor condemned the resolution.
Ron Prosor: "The only way to achieve peace is through agreements that are reached by the parties and not through the U.N., resolutions that completely ignore Israel’s vital security and national interests. And because this resolution is so one-sided, it doesn’t advance peace. It pursues — it then pushes it backwards."
Besides Israel and the United States, the only other "no" votes on Palestine’s bid came from Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama. The resolution was seen as a diplomatic rebuke of the United States, which had pressured Palestinians to abandon it. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted the measure on Thursday.
Hillary Clinton: "The unfortunate and counterproductive resolution at the United Nations General Assembly that just passed, because it places further obstacles in the path to peace. We have been clear that only through direct negotiations between the parties can the Palestinians and Israelis achieve the peace they both deserve: two states for two people, with a sovereign, viable, independent Palestine living side by side in peace and security with a Jewish and democratic Israel."