Palestinian UNESCO membership: What it means for 4 key players

UNESCO members overwhelmingly approved Palestinian membership in a 107-14 vote on Monday, although there were 52 abstentions. What are the ramifications for the parties involved?

For Israel

Haaretz reports that Israel is “reconsidering” its future cooperation with UNESCO and “rejects” its decision to grant full membership to the Palestinians. The Israeli foreign ministry released a statement saying that the move “further removes the possibility for a peace agreement” between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel is still smarting over the Palestinian bid for UN membership, officially launched in September, and has cited that as a reason to resist making further concessions to the Palestinian Authority or offering it confidence-building measures.

Israel was one of the 14 members to vote against Palestinian membership.

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