Palestine has successfully been upgraded from an entity to an nonmember observer state in the United Nations on Thursday. Over 130 countries voted in the territory's favor, according to the New York Times.
While "nonmember state" may not sound like much, it will help Palestine achieve full recognition and join UN agencies, such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague, according to the Atlantic.
President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, said the move will help to establish a oft-sought two-state solution.
Both the US and Israel strongly opposed Palestine's nonmember status, saying it could remove US and Israeli economic support for Palestine and undermine peace negotiations, Reuters reports.
Britain offered its support for Palestine under two conditions: that the Palestinian Authority will return to negotiations sans preconditions, and that the country won't join the International Criminal Court.Via The New York Times, the Atlantic, and Reuters.