Ironically on the same day in 1947 there was a similar vote. It would have given Palestinians full statehood. They rejected it, because it would have meant living side by side with a Jewish state.
Here is the full transcript of Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the UN. He appears to be proactively making peace with statements like this:
I am here to say on behalf of the Palestinian people and the Palestine Liberation Organization: We extend our hands to the Israeli government and the Israeli people for peace-making. I say to them: Let us urgently build together a future for our children where they can enjoy freedom, security and prosperity. Let us build the bridges of dialogue instead of checkpoints and walls of separation, and build cooperative relations based on parity and equity between two neighboring States - Palestine and Israel - instead of policies of occupation, settlement, war and eliminating the other.But there are also references to try and appease Hamas, such as referencing "Apartheid", without stating what he means by that. Apartheid is a South African term, where Whites and Blacks were separated in Parks, Buses, Workplaces and rights by law. There can be no comparison to what Abbas is complaining about here (settlements?).
The vote doesn't really change anything, as peace cannot be achieved until peace talks are completed. Hopefully this means that the Palestinians will resume peace talks, elections and eventually responsibility for rehousing people they are keeping stuck in refugee camps.
More news from our region:
New Zealand voted for the motion.
Australia abstained, although not without controversy. Julia Gillard wanted to vote against, but was rolled by her own party.
This satirical article is worth a read also. Palestinian Statehood is granted, but victimhood status is downgraded