Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Greek parliament calls for recognition of ‘Palestine’

The Greek parliament, as expected, became the latest European legislative body to recommend recognition of a Palestinian state.

The vote took place during a special parliament meeting attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The resolution is non-binding. Several other European parliaments, such as in Britain, Ireland and France, have passed similar resolutions.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely quickly responded to the resolution, issuing a statement saying that Abbas and the PA are continuing to choose unilateral steps to receive “recognition that has no practical significance.”

“Instead of Abu Mazen [Abbas] ending incitement and funding terrorism, he goes on a twisted path that will lead him nowhere,” she said.