It was a rare diplomatic triumph for the Palestinians, who can now bid for membership of UN agencies - and potentially pursue Israel through the International Criminal Court for the expansion of Jewish settlements on the territories the Jewish state occupied in 1967.
But the impact on the ground will be limited. This was surely the intended message of Israel's announcement it will construct 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem just days after the UN vote. The decision threatens a diplomatic row with UK and France, which have sharply criticized the move, but it nevertheless highlights how little has changed in the balance of power between Israel and the Palestinians.
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