The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant Palestine status as a nonmember observer state, with basically everyone but Israel and her client state the US voting in favor:
More than 130 countries voted on Thursday to grant Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember observer state in the United Nations, a stinging defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who was weakened by the recent eight days of fighting in Gaza.
The new ranking could make it easier for the Palestinians to pursue Israel in international legal forums, but it remained unclear what effect it would have on attaining what both sides say they want — a two-state solution.
Still, the vote offered a showcase for an extraordinary international lineup of support for the Palestinians and constituted a deeply symbolic achievement for their cause, made even weightier by arriving on the 65th anniversary of the General Assembly vote that divided the former British Mandate of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and the other Arab — a vote that Israel considers the international seal of approval for its birth.
But what does it really mean? Isn’t there a Security Council vote related to this, which we will undoubtedly veto? Not to go all Slate contrarian on you, but my guess is this vote means everything and nothing at the same time.