Palestinians recognized as a state. “I promised we’d have 57 states” President Barack Hussein Obama crowed from the steps of the Emily Litella School of International Diplomacy after the vote, “and this is the first down payment on that pledge. Next year, in Jerusalem.”
The vote will not immediately end the Palestinians’ six-decade wait for independence and will not give them a vote at the UN. But it will enable them to join the International Criminal Court and potentially prosecute Israelis for war crimes, and seek rulings on territorial disputes at the International Court of Justice.