Friday, October 24, 2014

Ireland's Upper House OKs Palestine Recognition; Says Two-State Solution Needed to Settle Conflict

The Upper House of Ireland's parliament unanimously passed a motion calling on the government to formally recognize the state of Palestine, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (October 24, 2014).

The motion was proposed by Sen. Averil Power, the head of the country's main opposition party, the conservative Fianna Fail.

It called on the Irish government to "formally recognize the State of Palestine and do everything it can at the international level to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

The approval comes less than a month after new Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loven declared that his government would recognize the state of Palestine, and more than a week after the British Parliament overwhelmingly voted for a motion backing recognition of Palestine.

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