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France and Ireland approve Palestinian state recognition

France and Ireland approve Palestinian state recognition

Ireland’s lower house of parliament has unanimously approved a non binding resolution calling on the government to formally recognize the state of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders.

RT reports: The motion was immediately slammed by Israel. Emmanuel Nahson, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry accused the Irish parliament of “statements of hatred and anti-Semitism directed at Israel in a way which we have not heard before.”

The motion is similar to one passed in October by the upper house, the Seanad. It calls on the government to “officially recognize the State of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital, as established in UN resolutions, as a further positive contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The symbolic measure was sponsored by Sinn Fein, an Irish nationalist party with strong Palestinian links.

French senators have also narrowly approved a resolution asking the government to recognize a Palestinian state, in hopes that it could be a tool in negotiations for lasting Mideast peace.

On Thursday French senators voted 154-146 in favor of a non-binding resolution calling on the French government to recognize Palestine. Last week the lower house of the parliament adopted a similar measure by a much larger margin. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the move “irresponsible” and a “grave mistake.”