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US representative at the UNSC vetoes UN resolution on the recognition of Palestine. (Photo: UN, video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The United States on Thursday vetoed a resolution that, if passed, would have opened the door to full Palestinian membership of the United Nations.

The draft resolution submitted by Algeria recommends to the General Assembly of 193 countries the admission of the State of Palestine to membership in the United Nations.

It received 12 votes in favor and two abstentions – Britain and Switzerland – while the United States, which has veto power as one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, opposed it.

The first reactions to this step were as follows:


Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said he congratulated Washington for vetoing what he described as a twisted proposal and considered the proposal to recognize a Palestinian state half a year after the October attack as a reward for terrorism.


The Palestinian presidency condemned the US move and said in a statement that the US veto is “dishonest, immoral and unjustified” and exposes the contradictions of US policy, which claims on the one hand that it supports the two-state solution, while preventing the international institution from implementing this solution.

The statement considered that the US position as an act “blatant aggression” pushing the region to the “brink of the abyss.”


Hamas said that it condemns in the strongest terms the US biased position towards the occupation, calling on the international community to put pressure that would “bypass the American will and support the struggle of our people and their legitimate right to self-determination.”

I also said that Washington’s veto against granting Palestine full membership in the United Nations isolates the US administration from the international consensus.


Ireland’s Foreign Minister Michael Martin expressed disappointment with the outcome of the vote, saying that his country supports Palestine’s membership in the United Nations and that it is time for Palestine to take its rightful place among the countries of the world.


The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed regret at the inability of the Security Council to pass a resolution enabling the State of Palestine to obtain full membership in the United Nations.

Cairo considered that the recognition of the Palestinian state and the recognition of its full membership in the United Nations as an inherent right of the Palestinian people, and that obstructing the recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to having their own state as inconsistent wine with the legal and historical responsibility entrusted to the international community.

Observer Status

Palestine has been a Permanent Observer at the UN since 2012.

An application for full membership in the international organization needs the approval of the Security Council and then the approval of at least two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly.

The Palestinian bid for full membership in the United Nations comes six months after the outbreak of war between Israel and the Palestinian Resistance led by Hamas, and at a time when Israel is rapidly expanding its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday that the recent escalation makes support for well-intentioned efforts even more important to achieving a lasting peace between Israel and a fully independent, viable and sovereign Palestinian state.


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