Palestinians wave Fatah and Palestinian flags during a rally in support of the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in Gaza City, Thursday. Hours later the Palestinians won U.N. recognition as a state in a General Assembly vote that Israel and the United States warn could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian homeland through peace talks with Israel. Arabic on sign reads "Palestinian legitimacy symbol, hero of the battle for independence" and "Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fatah, Gaza Strip."
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The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a victory decades in the making for the Palestinians after years of occupation and war. It was a sharp rebuke for Israel and the United States.