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White House: We Opposed Move to Raise Palestinian Flag at U.N.


"The vote reflects the reality that the two parties themselves must ultimately take the responsible steps required to achieve a two-state solution."

The Palestinian flag flies for the first time at the United Nations headquarters after it was raised in a ceremony on September 30, 2015 in New York City. Following remarks by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the flag was raised in the rose garden at 1:00pm local time in front of a large crowd of diplomats, reporters and Palestinian supporters. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

After Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ramped up rhetoric toward Israel Wednesday, the United Nations raised the Palestinian flag above its headquarters in New York as part of a ceremony that the world body’s leader said represented a “day of hope.”

The United States opposed the move, asserting that Palestinian statehood must be reached through a negotiated peace with Israel.

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