Yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed resolution 67/19, giving Palestine non-member state observer status at the United Nations. More than two-thirds of the UN membership of 193, an impressive 138 members, voted yes on the resolution. 41 countries abstained and nine countries voted no, most notably the United States and Israel.
The UN resolution upgrades Palestine's status at the UN from non-member observer non-state to non-member observer state. Palestine, as an observer state has the same status at the UN as the Holy See (also known as Vatican City). Nonetheless, even with the vote upgrading the entity, Palestine is not yet eligible to join the United Nations as an independent country. This inability to join the United Nations makes the resolution somewhat of a resolution without any impact or force. Even though dozens of countries recognize Palestine as an independent state and maintain diplomatic relations with Palestine, Palestine does not yet join the list of the world's independent countries.