French parliament votes to recognize Palestinian state:
Published time: December 02, 2014 15:57
Edited time: December 02, 2014 20:10
The following is a report about the decision of making Palestine a independent state… But all of us know that if this comes true a pace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian State needs to be also done. When that treatment is completed between those two states then we must say that the end times, the Jesus Christ coming, is very close.
General view of the hemicycle as deputies applaud after the results of the vote on Palestine status at the National Assembly in Paris December 2, 2014. (Reuters / Charles Platiau)
France’s Socialist-led parliament has passed a symbolic vote to recognize Palestinian statehood, despite staunch objections from Israel. MPs in Britain and Spain have already passed similar motions.
The proposal was passed with 339 votes in favor and 151 against, meaning that it was supported by more than two-thirds of French lawmakers.
Israel immediately responded, saying that the motion would “harm the peace process,” AFP reported.
View of an electronic voting results board in the hemicycle after the vote on Palestine status at the National Assembly in Paris December 2, 2014. (Reuters / Charles Platiau)
The vote is non-binding, but sends a signal that Israelis and Palestinians must return to the negotiating table, following the collapse of US-mediated statehood talks in April.
“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.