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October 13, 2014 7:39 pm

U.K. Parliament Votes in Favor of Recognizing Palestinian State

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JNS.orgThe British Parliament has decided overwhelmingly in a 274-12 non-binding vote Monday to request that the British government recognize a Palestinian state.

The motion for the vote was brought by Labour MP Grahame Morris. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron did not participate in the symbolic vote.

The British parliamentary motion on the vote stated that “this House believes that the Government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.”

However, since the vote is non-binding, no matter how many of the 650 House of Commons Members of Parliament voted in favor of the recognition, the result will not affect U.K. foreign policy on the issue.

“I’ve been pretty clear about the government’s position and it won’t be changing,” said a spokesman for Cameron, Reuters reported. “When you believe you have the right position… that is the one, I believe, that you take.”

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  • Just to note, there are 650 elected MP’s in the UK Parliament, of whom only 274 voted for a State of Palestine. The Parliamentary tradition is that backbench debates such as this end with a free vote, no party whip. Ed Miliband broke with tradition and demanded that all Labour MPs vote for Palestine, making the vote largely even more meaningless than most backbench votes. No one in the Govt votes in a backbench debate and the UK Govt remains 100% supporting Israel’s right to a negotiated peace. Ed Miliband is on his way out and one hopes his successor [brother David?] will follow Parliamentary tradition.

  • Jonah

    It’s my understanding the royal family are off shoots of Joseph’s family so they have Egyption lineage. The parliament are attempting to appease their Islamic constituents in order to save their heads. This country will have a propensity to Lean in favor of Islam to save their necks. David Cameron is suffering from an identity crisis his rein will seem schizoid he is like a cat that’s been run over in the street and ever time he attempts to get back up another car hits him. He has no particular animosity towards Israel but any favors he appears to vocalize on Israel’s behalf publicly, will be feigned for the sake of Islam. Cameron suddenly realizes he is not his on man and is nothing but a puppet for Islam.

    • Can you explain the Joseph connection please? The stone in the Throne is supposedly from Jacob’s dream and some say the royal family have links to King David. Victorians said the Brits were among the Ten Lost Tribes, and Christian Zionists like Lord Balfour, Lloyd George and Sir Winston Churchill were a uniquely British phenomenon. But how does Joseph fit in? Just to note, the Egyptians of Joseph’s days were not Arabs [or Muslims]