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After the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state back in October, France has joined the growing list of European countries (including Sweden) that have sent a message to Israel regarding the treatment of Palestine. Representatives in French parliament voted Tuesday in support of recognizing a Palestinian state. The resolution, which is non-binding, serves as a symbolic change to the country’s stance on the conflict.
The measure passed but still had significant opposition, 339 votes to 151.
There have been similar resolutions recently in Britain, Ireland and Spain. The move follows the bolder official recognition from Sweden.
RT reported more on the unofficial tone trending in Europe.
“We don’t want a symbolic recognition that will only lead to a virtual state. We want a Palestinian state that is real so we want to give a chance to negotiations,” Europe Minister Harlem Desir told lawmakers after the votes were tallied.
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has supported the vote, setting a two-year deadline for the creation of an independent Palestine. He said that if no resolution had been found by then, France would officially recognize Palestine anyway.
The government of Israel produced a familiar response saying the diplomatic changes would harm the peace process.
But in a statement today the Israeli embassy in Paris said: ‘Israel believes that the vote in the National Assembly… will reduce the possibility of achieving a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.’
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) 2. Dezember 2014