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Spanish parliament passes motion on eventual recognition of Palestine

Spanish parliament passes motion on eventual recognition of Palestine

Spanish government passes motion to recognize Palestine, similar to earlier resolutions in Sweden, Britain and Ireland; French parliament is due to vote on similar gesture later in November.

Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognize Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-running conflict, reports Haaretz

A symbolic motion received the backing of all the political groups of the lower house.

Last month, British lawmakers voted in favor of a similar, symbolic vote and Sweden became the biggest Western European country to outright recognize a Palestinian state — prompting a protest from Israel.

The upper house of the Irish parliament also passed a motion calling on its government to recognize a Palestinian state last month.

Last week, France’s governing Socialists said the National Assembly will vote this month on a largely symbolic resolution in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state, hoping it could help end the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.