The General Assembly has sole admission authority. Thursday's vote required a majority of voting Member States. Full de jure membership requires a two-thirds vote.
It's easily gotten. It's long overdue. Legitimate states are entitled to full de jure UN membership. Palestinians are denied it.
Thursday represented a small victory. If used, it affords Palestine significant rights. Someone other than Abbas will have to invoke them. He's a longtime Israeli collaborator.
He's Israel's enforcer. For many years, he betrayed his people. He's nearing retirement. He'll do nothing to mess things up.
Boyle explains rights Palestinians now have. If used, they're considerable.
"Palestine can join the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC)."
Israeli officials can be sued for crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. Illegal settlements, outposts, Gaza's siege, the Separation Wall, and other lawless practices can be challenged.
"Palestine can join the Statute for the International Court of Justice (ICJ)." The State of Israel can be sued on the above charges and others.
"Palestine can join the Law of the Sea Convention." Doing so establishes sovereignty over its territorial waters. They contain significant gas reserves.
Estimates range up to a trillion cubic feet or more. Where there's gas, there's oil. Offshore resources belong to Palestine, not Israel.
"Palestine can become a High Contracting Party to the Four Geneva Conventions." They deal with laws of war and accountability.
"Palestine can join the International Civil Aviation Organization." Doing so affords control of its own airspace.
"Palestine can join the International Telecommunications Union." With it comes sovereign control over its airwaves, phone lines, and bandwidth.
Sovereign states have many rights. Palestine's new status affords all of the above. They don't matter if not invoked.
Expect little from Abbas going forward. Long denied Palestinians deserve much better. Liberation remains an unfulfilled dream.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed .