|The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.
The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body -- a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions. The United States immediately criticized the historic vote. 'Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path peace,' U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said. And U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the vote 'unfortunate' and 'counterproductive.'