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December 22, 2015 2:06 pm

Greek Parliament Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

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The Greek Parliament passed a non-binding symbolic declaration calling for recognition of Palestinian statehood. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Greek Parliament passed a non-binding symbolic declaration calling for recognition of Palestinian statehood. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The Greek Parliament has become the latest European legislative body to pass a non-binding symbolic declaration calling for recognition of Palestinian statehood.

The move by Greek lawmakers came amid a visit by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely condemned the move by Abbas to gain unilateral international recognition, saying that it has “no practical significance.”

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

In spite of the vote, relations between Israel and Greece remain strong following an agreement on bilateral cooperation in various industries and Greece’s refusal to implement the European Union’s guidelines to label Israeli products from Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights, and eastern Jerusalem.

Next month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet twice with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The two leaders will meet in Jerusalem as well as a trilateral summit in Cyprus with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to discuss energy, trade and security issues.

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  • Sherlock Holmes

    It’s good to be reminded that the EU proposal to label West Bank and East Jerusalem produce is not compulsory. There are no agreed boundaries. The USA Congress, for instance is on the record recognising Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel and Congress passed a law calling for the USA Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. When the British set up the East Bank Kingdom of Jordan in 77% of the Palestine Mandate it was understood that the West Bank, 23% of the Mandate, would be the area of the Jewish national home.

  • Moron: derived from the Greek word, moros, meaning foolish.

    Used in a sentence: The Members of the Greek Parliament are morons.

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