In the U.N., only nine states opposed the Palestinian bid, including Israel and the United States, while 138 supported it.
The vote granted Abbas an overwhelming international endorsement for his key position: establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. Netanyahu opposes a full pullback to the 1967 lines.
The Palestinians turned to the U.N. after two decades of on-again, off-again talks.
Netanyahu dismissed the U.N. vote as meaningless and accused Abbas of delivering a ‘‘defamatory and venomous’’ U.N. speech ‘‘full of mendacious propaganda’’ against Israel.
Laub reported from Ramallah, West Bank.