November 30th, 2012
11:54 AM ET

What next for the Palestinians?

The U.N. General Assembly has backed a resolution elevating the status of the Palestinians from "non-member observer entity" to "non-member observer state," the same category as the Vatican.

"We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the state that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine," said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Critics say the move is at best symbolic, and potentially counterproductive. But what do you think? Was the General Assembly right to support elevated status for the Palestinians? What should happen next? GPS welcomes readers' views on the issue.

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  1. Hate Wins

    The Palestinians if thats what they realy are need to stop this cycle.
    Make sure your not the on to throw the first stone!!!!

    If you are setting on a bench on one side of a park eating a sandwich and someone throws a rock "rocket" and hits you. What is your response?
    (1) Laugh and say that’s ok the bleeding will stop soon and continue to eat your sandwich.
    (2) Call the police "UN" and make a complaint and find that it was your fault for setting on the wrong bench.
    (3) Throw the rock back along with 2 or 3 more and be told that your response was excessive by the ones who hit you with the first rock.
    (4) Finley stop setting in the park and let those who like to throw rocks can move in closer and throw rocks at you house.
    (5) Send little boys and girls with bomb vest doing what men in Hamas whose brainwashing job make them think it’s a good thing to do. Then cry when the men who sent these children are held accountable.
    (6) Repeat steps 1 thru 5 until no one is left.

    Don’t you just love the Middle East? Been killing each other for 5000 years and it is always someone else fault.

    November 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Mr.Ash

      It depend where is that park ? Did this park located at where my home used to be ?

      November 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  2. Richard

    It is unfortunate that the U.S. and my country – Canada – have adopted a one sided view of this situation. Israel has a right to exist as a state and so does Palistine. If we fail to support and strengthen a moderate like Habas then we no longer have someone to talk to because Hamas is a terrorist organization. Even in Israel there has been renewed interest with the formation of a new moderate left wing party. People want peace however their frustration has led them to electing leaders with extreme views. Netanyahu and Hamas are two wrongs that won't make it right. Europe knows this and has voted accordingly at the U.N.. As for Canada, shame on you prime minister Harper. Richard, Toronto

    November 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  3. poggytutu

    finally! it is way over due – it should be recognized as a full member. i am sorry my country (u.s.) is so blindly one-sided on this issue.

    November 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  4. Ojeh Dan

    The euphoria surrounding the so called status upgrade at the UN general assembly of Palestine is as unfounded as it undermines the two state solution and the peace process.The only reasonable thing to do is for Hamas and all 'patrons of voilence' to acknowledge the unfruitfulness of voilence,renounce voilence, acknowlegde Isreal's right to exist and opening up a direct two party talks with Isreal.

    November 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  5. Adrian Rops

    It is obvious that the United States and Canada are out of step with the world community. The Canadian vote came as a complete surprise. It is time for both countries to recalibrate their Middle East policies.
    Israel must be reminded by the international community that building an additional 3000 homes on the West Bank and in Jerusalem is an illegal and belligerent act and will not be condoned. A line must be drawn in the sand.

    November 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  6. 200 TON HAMMER

    This move took some steam out of syrian goverment,so look for added pressure on hamas too do something,and this was also gave the Ashkhanize jewish leadership too build more homes in east yerusalem.its been 64 years where is the third Hebrew Isrealite,Solomons Temple not Rebuilt????
    I guess they are waiting for the Hebrew Isrealite Speaking Eli(YAH) too return for 3 1/2 years setting the record streight in Hebrew Isrealite language.the same language as the Hebrew Isrealite Abraham

    December 2, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
  7. 200 TON HAMMER

    And too the edomites who live over in the so called Palestinian area,the black skin ones that look ethiopians or like kenyans
    or Hamites,it only gets worse for you.YAH has not forgot what you did in AD70,as the latin speaking roman army,kicking out the Shemites Hebrew Isrealites out of Yerusalem,you help the latin speaking roman army,kick out the people who was singing kombiYAH my lord kombiYAH,and the arabs called my desendents YAHOODEE
    which the sold as slaves too the portugese in 1511,in which the portugese brung too the west in big slave ships in chains as they sing kombiYAH,so today in the usa there are almost 50 million YAHOODEE kombiYAH peoples,gen 12:3 has not changed,edomites the euroean Ashkhanize jewish YAH has raised up too oppress you just giving you your just deserts

    December 2, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
  8. chrissy

    Palestine has just as much right to belong as Israel and Israel needs to get over itself!

    December 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
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