AL QUDS (Palestine), AL SABAH (Palestine), MASRAWY (Egypt), AL JAZEERA (Qatar), HAARETZ (Israel)
NEW YORK – Newspaper headlines around the Arab world Friday hailed the results of a historic UN vote that grants Palestine entry to the international body as a non-member observer State. After a request submitted by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the UN’s General Assembly voted 138 nations in favor, 9 against and 41 abstentions.
As soon as the decision was pronounced, thousands of Palestinians hit the streets in the West Bank and Gaza, waving the Palestinian flag to celebrate, Al Quds reported.
Among the headlines in morning papers:
*“Thousands of Palestinians Celebrate UN membership” Al Quds
*“Palestine’s Map is Recep Tayip Erdogan’s New Facebook Cover Page” Masrawy
*UN Vote gives US Jews One More Reason To Worry About Israel's Future Haaretz
On a more formal level, leaders from the Arab world and the Middle East expressed their satisfaction regarding this resolution. Recep Tayip Erdogan was the first to congratulate Mahmoud Abbas at the UN headquarters. The government of Jordan considered this step as a confirmation that the solution of the States is the only way to resolve this ongoing conflict. An opinion shared by Ban Ki Moon during his speech Thursday night.
The new status of the Palestine State promotes it to the same status as the Vatican. It confers it sovereignty and the right to join the International Court of Justice.