Palestine vote: MPs take historic decision to recognise Palestinian state ~ Monday 13 October 2014.
Parliament took the historic step tonight of voting unilaterally to back the recognition of Palestinian statehood.
Voting by 274 to 12, a majority of 262, MPs on all sides urged the Government to “recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel” as part of a “contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”.
Support for the motion, while symbolic, marks a significant change in the political landscape, following the failure of successive peace negotiations and the bitter conflict in Gaza over the summer.
Significantly Labour whipped its MPs to vote in favour of the resolution, raising the prospect that the party would defy Israel’s wishes and recognise Palestine as a state should it come to power at the next election.
But even previously staunch supporters of Israel within the…
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