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December 9, 2014 10:38 pm

Ireland to Accept Motion to Recognize Palestinian State

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JNS.org – The Irish government will accept a motion proposed by the opposition Sinn Fein party on Tuesday that asks the country’s parliament to recognize a Palestinian state. The decision comes after the upper house of Ireland’s legislature passed a motion in October calling for such recognition.

The motion asks the government to “officially recognize the State of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital, as established in UN resolutions, as a further positive contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Ireland is the latest in a string of European nations taking this step. The French National Assembly voted 339-151 in favor of urging its government to recognize a Palestinian state last week. The Danish government will also vote on the issue in early January, while similar votes took place in the parliaments of Great Britain, Ireland, and Spain. One nation, Sweden, has officially recognized Palestinian statehood, while votes by the other countries have been symbolic. A vote by the European Parliament on the recognition of a Palestinian state is expected in mid-December.

“The predominate perception in Europe still blames Israel for the lack of progress for peace, not the Palestinians,” Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, toldJNS.org last week.

“They think that somehow recognizing Palestine as a state will somehow send a message to Israel [that] unless Israel does things differently there will be negative political repercussions,” he added.

Members of the lower house of the Irish parliament are discussing the motion on Tuesday and Wednesday, but a spokesman said the Irish government will not be opposing the bill, the Jerusalem Post reported. That means the bill will not be voted on by the members of parliament.

“To the Palestinians such a move signals that they don’t have to make the necessary compromises in peace talks and that it is even ok to circumvent such direct talks altogether. To the Israelis, recognition suggests that Europe is not an honest broker,” Daniel Schwammenthal, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute in Brussels, recently told JNS.org.

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  • Martin Gleeson

    I regret that my country’s parliament have chosen to interfere in an area they truly know nothing about. The Sinn Fein party just use this as a cheap and convenient p.r. stunt,like much of what they do.As for many of the rest I can’t say,some sincere people may be mislead by the sporadic nature of mid-East news coverage,(very little from Syria,understandably).
    Recently the IDF provided refuge for some Irish UN. peacekeepers on the Golan who were being targeted for hostages by Al Nusra Front. I expect these people were relieved to find refuge in the only part of the Mid.-East where individual human rights are respected and preserved.
    M. Gleeson

  • How many of the countries holding non-binding votes for Palestine, have offered solutions to the ‘right of return’ for four to five million Arab refugees, who want to create an Arab majority in ‘occupied Palestine’ and dismantle Israel? See Professor of Law Alan Dershowitz, The Case for Israel, 2003. Regarding the Republic of Ireland’s moral stature, Churchill had to be prepared for a German invasion from Ireland, and Ireland sent Germany a letter of condolence on the death of the Fuhrer.

    • Martin Gleeson

      Sir,if I may respectfully comment on Irish government actions during WW2. There was a widespread horror and fear of of Nazism in Ireland,except for a tiny band of embittered anti-British extremists.(my enemy’s enemy,ect.) By the way,many Black and Tans went on to serve in the Palastine Police.
      While it’s widely “taken as read” that the Nazis intended to invade Great Britain there is quite strong evidence that they only sought “terms”,a virtual surrender.
      Ireland,Europe and the world owes Churchill and the British people an unredeemable debt for not accepting.
      DeVelera’s inexplicable “condolences”to the German people probably had more to do with asserting his independence from Britain and the US.(the land of his birth),who knows,I don’t know that he ever explained. It’s effect however was to take from the name of the thousands of Irishmen who gave their lives for the Allied Cause.
      Ireland’s neutrality was quite meaningless,as is any country’s which cannot defend with a strong army, Holland,Denmark,for example. The vast number that fought for the Allies (very effectively) should not be overlooked.

  • Hillel

    Why is that surprising that Europe would vote against “die juden” two thousand years they’ve been wanting Europe judenrein. Now they see their opportunity not withstanding the apparently inevitable islamisation of Europe. But what the hell, got to get rid of them damn Jews at any price, eh what. They should start preparing their necks and their women.

  • Wendy Gardner

    The land of my ancestors is getting less recognizable and more embarrassing every year. What a change!