First it was the British and the Irish. Then the Swedes and the Spanish. And yesterday, the French, also, added their weight to the push for recognition of a Palestinian state, the NY Times website reports today (December 3, 2014).
The vote in the French Parliament favoring such a step was the fifth such gesture in two months -- and the most important one -- in what has amounted to a cascade of support for the Palestinian cause and a widening torrent of criticism of Israeli policy across Europe.
The vote in France is critical, because it carries particular resonance coming from a country with the largest Muslim and Jewish populations in Europe.
Moreover, France has become something of a proxy playing field for the Arab-Israeli conflict, which this summer spilled over into the streets of cities around the country with violent protests against Israel's savage military campaign against Hamas.