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European parliament bolsters UN bid after Gaza fighting
Published Friday 23/11/2012 (updated) 26/11/2012 14:59
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a statement expressing support for the Palestinian bid for UN recognition as a non-member state next week.

In the aftermath of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, the parliament agreed a statement stressing "peaceful and non-violent means are the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

The parliament said in connection to this goal, it supports the bid championed by leaders in the West Bank, and "considers this an important step in making Palestinian claims more visible, stronger and more effective."

The resolution called on European Union countries to reach agreement over their position on the bid.

Israel and the US are fiercely opposed to the bid, saying it is a unilateral measure by Palestinians and circumvents negotiations. Palestinian leaders point out the occupation is a unilateral measure.

President Mahmoud Abbas has spearheaded diplomatic efforts at the United Nations, and plans to put Palestine's status to a vote in the UN General Assembly on Nov. 29, where it is expected to pass easily.

But the eight-day conflict in Gaza largely left him on the sidelines, with peace advocates expressing concern that the diplomatic route has been overshadowed by the gains claimed by militant groups during the war with Israel.
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1 ) shirley / australia
23/11/2012 13:14
thhe PA stood their ground with support of ALa nd did not cave in to US isreal plans which the gaza war was to undermine UN bid and abbass was no sidelined but PLO took more active role and PA made quick decisions and continuedsupport at UNand CHINA but eu support not to be trusted

2 ) Janet / Scotland
23/11/2012 13:56
So they should support the Palestinian bid for UN recognision;
'New YouGov/IFOP opinion polls carried out by the global campaign organisation Avaaz has found that the overwhelming majority of people in Germany, France and the UK believe Palestinians have a right to their own state, and want their countries to vote in favour of a UN resolution to support recognition of a Palestinian state' http://www.avaaz.org/en/palestine_poll/
Any who vote against are not speaking for their people.

3 ) Mel / USA
23/11/2012 15:44
Bravo Janet/Scotland!We all know old colonial"leaders"don't have courage to echo the VOX POX.They're 2 scared of being punished by neo-imperialists,who control THEM,& fund their politics!HUNDREDS of millions of people,globally,WANT Palestine 2 B free & sovereign,rightfully,as a state.And,if not 4 factional ZIONISM,& UK-USG unconditional collusion with it,for strategic purposes,Palestine would've been a state decades ago,like Iraq,Jordan,Lebanon&other old slices of the 'mandate-cake'.IT'S TIME!!!

4 ) stvnr / USA
26/11/2012 22:52
The "peaceful and non-violent means" is via negotiations, not by diplomatic arm twisting. What's called the '67 lines are '49 Armistice lines that are not defensible, secure, fair nor balanced. It just reinforces Abbas to demand without providing Israel with the secure borders it needs and would deny Israelis access to ancient holy sites as was the case before '67. All fair minded nations should reject this unilateral bid for it is counter productive to true peace, it rewards terror.
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