State of Palestine
The State of Palestine, also known simply as Palestine, is a de jure sovereign state in the Middle East with East Jerusalem as its capital. It is recognized by 141 United Nations members. Since 2012 it has non-member observer status in the United Nations. This amounts to a de facto, or implicit, recognition of statehood.
State of Palestine[i]
دولة فلسطين (Arabic)
Territory claimed by the State of Palestine (green)
Territory also claimed by Israel (light green)
|Status||Partially recognized state, UN observer state|
Recognized by 138 UN member states
|Largest city||Gaza City|
|Government||Unitary semi-presidential republic|
|15 November 1988|
|29 November 2012|
• Sovereignty dispute with Israel
|6,020 km2 (2,320 sq mi) (163rd)|
• Water (%)
• 2020 estimate
|731/km2 (1,893.3/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2008a estimate|
|$11.95 billiona (–)|
• Per capita
|HDI (2018)|| 0.690|
medium · 119th
|Time zone||UTC+2 (Palestine Standard Time)|
• Summer (DST)
|UTC+3 (Palestine Summer Time)|
|ISO 3166 code||PS|
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The attitude of the Palestinians was expressed inter alia in 1988 and 2002. When the Palestine National Council proclaimed in November 1988 the establishment of a Palestinian State, it asserted that Jerusalem was its capital. In October 2002, the Palestinian Legislative Council adopted the Law on the Capital, which stipulates that Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian State, the main seat of its three branches of government. The State of Palestine is the sovereign of Jerusalem and of its holy places. Any statute or agreement that diminishes the rights of the Palestinian State in Jerusalem is invalid. This statute can be amended only with the consent of two-thirds of the members of the Legislative Council. The 2003 Basic Law also asserts that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine.Reprinted from: Wolfrum, Rüdiger (ed.) (online 2008, print 2011). The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law. Oxford University Press.
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A senior PA official revealed the plans in an interview with Al-Quds newspaper. The change to 'state' status is important because it shows that 'the state of Palestine is occupied,' he said.
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Israel remains in charge of territories the world says should one day make up that state.
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