Seventy years ago the United Nations passed Resolution 181 (embedded below) which called for the partition of the British-ruled Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state (back then Jews living in the Holy Land were called Palestinians). It was approved on November 29, 1947, with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one absent (see the end of the post for who voted what). The original partition resolution passed by the UN in November 1947, did not call for the establishment of a state of Israel. UN Resolution 181 called for dividing Palestine into Independent Arab and Jewish, States.
Even France voted in favor of the partition plan which may have been the last time France voted in favor of Israel at the UN. It wasn’t the last time Great Britain didn’t have the guts to vote in favor of Israel (they abstained).
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