Palestinians Win Statehood Status at U.N. Over U.S. Objections


"We have made very clear to the Palestinian leadership -- you know I met with President Abbas just last week -- that we oppose Palestinian efforts to upgrade their status at the U.N. outside of the framework of negotiations to achieve a two-state solution," Clinton said, "because no matter what happens at the United Nations, it will not produce the outcome that this government, this president and certainly I strongly support."

The vote today falls short of triggering the law in Congress that automatically cuts all U.S. aid to Palestinian Authority and any programs in the Palestinian Territories, as well as aid to any organizations that recognize Palestine as a state. Non-member observer status falls short of being as being accepted as a "member state," which would allow Palestine to have full voting rights in the U.N. General Assembly, something Congress is vehemently opposed to if done outside of talks with Israel.

Though it doesn't reach that automatic trigger, Congress could still act against the Palestinians. The U.S. gives an average of $200 million of aid a year to support the administration of the Palestinian Authority and other programs, but Congress has not yet released the money for this year.

ABC News' Sarah Parnass and ABC Pollster Gary Langer contributed to this report.

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