Another Domino Falls: Spanish Parliament votes to Recognize Palestine

Euronews:

“Spanish MPs have urged their government to recognise the Palestinian state.

The a non-binding resolution presented by the socialists won the backing of all the political groups of the lower house, and would only ask for recognition when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-running conflict.

“The Spanish Parliament unanimously believe that the recognition of the Palestinian state is the best contribution we can make to achieve peace.”

Euronews: “Spain MPs vote to recognise Palestinian state”

From Wafa Arabic via BBC Monitoring :

“A Palestinian presidency-controlled news agency Wafa website report posted at 0627 gmt says that the Palestinian Foreign Ministry “welcomed the decision of the Spanish Parliament’s majority on the evening of 18 November, calling on the Spanish Government to recognize the state of Palestine. Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki expressed the Palestinian leadership’s gratitude and appreciation of Spain and the Spanish parties which approved this important and historical memo. He said: ‘This recognition reflects an advanced and historical stance of our friend, the kingdom of Spain. It is a step forward in its ties with the Palestinian people. It is in harmony with Spain’s principles and noble values which respect the international law and the resolutions of the international and humanitarian legitimacy’.” The report adds that Al-Maliki called on the Spanish Government to recognize the state of Palestine “in order to initiate serious and successful peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis based on the two-state solution.”

Source: Palestinian news agency Wafa website, Ramallah, in Arabic 0627 gmt 19 Nov 14

4 Responses

    • I agree. Also, may I add that UN Resolutions need to be respected. There are over 150 UN Resolutions including the ruling of the International Court of Justice concerning the 421 mile “wall” which was condemned by the Court and also by the EU and UN. The EU have Settlement Guidelines on Israel which Mr Netanyahu rejects. Palestine was recognised (again) and in 2012 as a UN non-member STATE by a massive 138 countries.

      Resolution 478 (1980)
      of 20 August 1980

      The Security Council, recalling its resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible; deeply concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security; noting that Israel has not complied with resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming its determination to examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel ; Censures in the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;

      link to unispal.un.org

  1. “and would only ask for recognition when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-running conflict”

    Then it is merely a motherhood statement, and actually is more useful to Israel than it is to the Palestinians.

    Israel now has Spain in the bag on this issue, precisely because Israel has no intention of ever negotiationing a final-status agreement.

    Which means the circumstance that would trigger Spanish recognition of Palestine will never occur.

    Israel knows that. The Palestinians know that. Spain must know that too.

    An exercise in pointlessness.

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