U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement after the United Nations General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine as a nonmember observer state:
"Today's political theater at the United Nations is a harmful distraction from achieving true peace and stability between Israel and Palestine. The only credible path for a two-state solution is through the negotiating table. The United States has made clear to the Palestinians and to others around the world that we stand with our ally Israel at this time of grave risk and insecurity. I urge Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to do everything in his power to block the Palestinians from access to the International Criminal Court."