Palestine recognized as a state

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The United Nations voted early Thursday to recognize Palestine as a state, according to the Star Tribune.

It was passed by a 138-9 vote, according to the Star Tribune.

Palestine was originally divided in two in 1947, according to the Star Tribune, one for Arabs and one for Jews, while Israel was declared a state. This caused years of tension and violence among the two nations.

"The great Assembly is being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said to the Star Tribune in a time he referred to as the "last chance" to save the divided nation.

Other members see this as taking a step backwards in bringing peace to the nations and its people.

"Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path of peace," U.N. ambassador Susan Rice said to the Star Tribune. "Today's grand pronouncements will soon fade and the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded."

Israeli Prime Minister called the vote "meaningless," according to the Star Tribune.

"The resolution in the U.N. today won't change anything on the ground," Netanyahu said. "It won't advance the establishment of a Palestinian state, but rather, put it further off."

Along with the United States and Israel, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama all voted "no," according to the Star Tribune.

The Palestinians might have won this victory but they still face a lot of obstacles like having no army or police force, no control over their borders, trade or airspace, according to the Star Tribune.

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