Monday, October 13, 2014

British MPs Vote to Recognize a Palestinian State; Jewish Labor Party Leader Votes to OK Statehood

British lawmakers voted resoundingly October 14, 2014 in favor of a Palestinian state, in a debate unlikely to change government policy but laden with political symbolism, according to the Times of Israel website.

The ayes carried the vote with 274 votes, against only 12 nays. Opposition Labor Party leader Ed Miliband -- who is Jewish -- voted in support of the motion.

The initial motion that was debated declared: "This House urges the government to recognize the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel." It was subsequently amended to add the phrase "as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution."

The British House of Commons debate was watched around the world after Sweden drew anger from Israel earlier this month for saying it would recognize Palestine as an independent nation.

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