Yasser's Arafat's vision of a Palestinian state has come a step closer.
That's after the U-N General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of the Palestinians at the U-N to that of a virtual state - despite U-S opposition.
The U-S voted against the move and had argued that it would jeopardise efforts to restart the stalled Mid East peace talks.
Israel's prime minister says it wasn't a very important development, calling it a "minor correction" to the status of the Palestinians.
But in the Palestinian-controlled parts of the West Bank and Gaza there's plenty of evidence already of effective Palestinian statehood.
From postage stamps and licence plates to state ministries -- facts are being created on the ground. A-P-T-V takes a look.
Over the past four years, Palestinians have slowly built up a political entity that looks very much like a state in the parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip they control.
There are highly-visible trappings of statehood -- like the Palestinian police force.
There is already a 30-thousand-member police force in training and patrolling the border lines with Israel and the streets of the Palestinian self-rule areas.
And other less visible but no less important trappings -- like Palestinian passports.
A Palestinian passport has been issued.
And Israeli licence plates have been replaced with Palestinian ones.
Palestinian Cabinet Minister Hanan Ashrawi welcomed Tuesday's U-N vote upgrading their status.
She called it an essential step on the path to peace in the region.
"We hope that it will reach the stage of recognition of Palestinian statehood fully. We believe it will give us the opportunity to participate globally in order to contribute at the international arena and we believe it will also contribute to the peace process because we view Palestinian statehood and the recognition of Palestinian rights as an essential component, as an essential prerequisite for a just and lasting stable peace in the region."
SUPER CAPTION: Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian Cabinet Minister
Other signs of at least partial independence -- there are also now Palestinian stamps.
Such symbols of statehood are no doubt a boost to Palestinian morale.
But they don't address one of the main stumbling blocks between Israel and the Palestinians -- land.
Israel has already hinted that if the Palestinians declare statehood on their own, it might annex large tracts in the West Bank.
There the Palestinians govern only 27 percent of the land.
Hardly surprisingly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has played down the U-N vote.
"Well I'm satisfied that the Palestinian effort to upgrade their standing in the U-N to virtually to the state, the status of a state did not succeed and in fact what they achieved are minor corrections to their current status."
SUPER CAPTION: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister
But whatever Netanyahu may say, those Palestinian symbols at least hint the opposite.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has his own ministers that meet weekly.
The Palestinian flag already flies outside ornate Palestinian ministries in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip.
Yasser Arafat's P-L-O was granted observer status in the U-N General Assembly in 1974.
That was upgraded in 1988 when the General Assembly decided to designate the P-L-O as "Palestine."
And now the latest move up the ladder of international recognition must give Arafat some hope of achieving his dream of full statehood.