Last Thursday, Palestine gained the non-member observer state status by 138 votes in favor, 41 abstentions and 9 against. So what does this status mean?
First, Palestine can now be called a state. Although it seems insignificant, the word state is really relevant for the Palestinians, because they have been fighting for it for a long time. Second, Palestine can now ask for membership in different international organizations such as the International Criminal Court and others. Third, Palestine is a step closer to obtain the full membership in the United Nations. I could go on, but I think that you already got the point.
The thing is: does this mean that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is going to end? Well, no. First, the President of the Palestinian Authority – Mahmoud Abbas – has to unite Hamas and Fatah in order to be able to negotiate a peace agreement. Second, Israel has to be open to negotiations. Considering that the state wants to build more settlements in the occupied territories and is going to withhold the Palestinian Authority’s tax revenues, I think that Israel will not be open for negotiations anytime soon.
So, lets wait and see.