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The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on November 29th to grant Palestine non-member observer state status to Palestinians at the United Nations. The vote was taken on the 65th anniversary of the UN vote to divide the former British Mandate of Palestine into two states, Israel and Palestine. In retaliation, Israel on Friday announced the construction of 3,000 new settlements in the Palestinian territories it occupied in 1967. The UN bid "will only be meaningful to the extent that it launches the Palestinians on a trajectory away from continued negotiations with Israel in the framework of the Oslo agreements and toward an entirely different trajectory which is reestablishing UN resolutions, international law and international legitimacy as the framework to deal with and to resolve the question of Palestine," says Middle East analyst Mouin Rabbani.
With Mouin Rabbani, co-editor of Jadaliyya, an independent ezine published by the Arab Studies Institute and formerly senior analyst of the Middle East with the International Crisis Group.
Radio interview by Amy Grunder, first aired live on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on December 1, 2012.
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