Just eight months later, on Thursday, November 29th 2012, the the United Nations General Assembly endorsed an upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinian Authority. The resolution elevates Palestinian statehood status from "non-member observer entity" to "non-member observer state." The vote was 138 delegates in favor of the measure, nine against and 41 abstentions, including Germany and the United Kingdom. The U.N. granted Palestine "upgraded status," but the question still remains: should the U.N. admit Palestine as a full member state?
What does the new status mean? As CNN reports, "The new recognition the Palestinians obtained is a formal upgrade from observer entity that would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood. It places the Palestinians in the same category as the Vatican."
In January, the live Intelligence Squared U.S. audience voted FOR the motion to approve Palestine as a full member state:
Debating for the motion was Mustafa Barghouthi, Former Palestinian National Authority Presidential Candidate, and Daniel Levy, Former Israeli Government Negotiator & Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; against the motion was Dore Gold, Former Israeli U.N. Ambassador & Advisor to PM Netanyahu and Aaron David Miller, Former U.S. Mideast Negotiator, Advised Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State. Watch the panel in action with videos below:
Full Video "The U.N. Should Admit Palestine As A Full Member State"
Dore Gold: Palestinian 'State' Woyld Fail to Recognize Israel
Mustafa Barghouti: 'U.N. Membership Will Give Palestine Hope'
Or listen to the debate edited for NPR or download the podcast here.
Also available is our extensive research library with positions from the panelists, articles and publications about the debate.
Where do you stand today? Do you think the U.N. should admit Palestine as a full member state? Cast your vote here.