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Press TV: US isolated by vote against Palestinian bid at UN


Political commentator Gilad Atzmon believes that the United States isolated itself from the rest of the world by voting against Palestine at the UN General Assembly.

“In spite of American relentless efforts to pressure other nations to oppose the Palestinian bid, they failed completely. America is actually paying a heavy price for Jewish lobby intervening with its politics and I think it’s a wake-up call for America,” he told Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Saturday.

The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state on Thursday.

However, it was a diplomatic defeat for the U.S. and Israel which voted against the upgrade. In all, 138 countries voted in favor, 9 voted against and 41 others abstained.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, branded the move "counter-productive", and the State Department warned the status change could lead to a reduction of U.S. economic support for the Palestinians.

"Today's unfortunate and counter-productive resolution places further obstacles in the path to peace. That is why the United States voted against it," Rice said.

Fresh off the vote against Palestinian statehood bid, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reiterated Thursday that the U.S. ties to Israel were “stronger than any time in history” and that Washington remained committed to Israel.

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