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November 23, 2014 2:13 pm

Germany’s Merkel Opposes Unilateral Recognition of Palestinian State

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JNS.orgGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed opposition to unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, setting Germany apart from some other European countries who have recently endorsed Palestinian unilateralism.

The Swedish government officially recognized “Palestine” on Oct. 30, and Spain’s parliament last week approved a non-binding resolution recognizing a Palestinian state following similar motions in the legislatures of Great Britain and Ireland.

But Merkel told a press conference on Friday that “unilateral recognition of the Palestinian state won’t move us forward” towards the goal of a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, which Germany supports.

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