Thursday, November 15, 2012
On November 15
... 1988, while meeting in Algiers, the Palestine National Council, by a vote of 253 to 46, proclaimed Palestine an independent state. The proclamation also was affirmed after the close of prayers in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, claimed as the capital of the new state. The proclamation was transmitted to the U.N. General Assembly within days.
As posted, over the years an increasing number of states has recognized Palestine, and its leaders sought full member state status last year – in vain, as the request must be approved by all 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. By letter dated last Thursday and available here, Palestine asked the United Nations to consider according it non-member-state status, an intermediate place between full membership and Palestine's current status of permanent observer.
(Prior November 15 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)