The United States is making headlines for reversing its vote on a controversial resolution. Three annually recurring resolutions return to the U.N floor on Tuesday, and all three affirming the work of the Palestinian Refugee Organization, UNRWA. Additionally, all three are likewise calling for a Palestinian right of return to sovereign Israel and or compensation for the property lost when the Palestinians fled their homes. The United States voting ‘no’ on two of them and then shifting from a ‘no’ to an abstention on the third – entitled “assistance to Palestinian refugees.” Israel in the meantime, was the only nation to oppose all three texts; which passed 160-1 with nine abstentions. So why, though, is an abstention such a big deal – you ask?