The European Parliament has adopted a resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood in principle. MEPs voted 498 in favor against 88 who were unsupportive of recognition.
A Tuesday meeting in Strasbourg could not decide on the matter, opting for further negotiations, but on Wednesday the European Parliament has in the end adopted a resolution that “in principle” grants the troubled region statehood.
“[The European Parliament] supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced,” the motion said.
The news comes just as the Palestinians are to make their case at the UN Security Council in New York, where they will ask for a complete Israeli withdrawal from East Jerusalem and the West Bank beyond the 1967 line in two years’ time... see more