France backs Palestinians: Good
of change has now started blowing across Europe with greater realization that Israel is not interested in the final settlement of decades old Palestinian issue to bring an end to a bad patch of history where a population of millions is deprived of Statehood. In a major policy statement, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the Parliament that Paris would recognize a Palestinian state if a final international effort to overcome the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians failed and proposed a two year time frame to end the conflict through a UN backed resolution.
The French Lawmakers will hold a symbolic Parliamentary vote on December 2, 2014 on whether the government should recognize Palestine as a state? as there is domestic political pressure for the government to be more active. An IFOP poll showed 63% of French support for the recognition of Palestinian State which reflects changing mood among the people in Europe. Earlier Sweden became the first major European country when it officially recognized the state of Palestine on 30th October, joining 130 other nations, including Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, that had already made similar decisions. These moves by several European countries to recognize Palestine as an independent state is a “strong message” to both Israel and the United States that they have had enough, this occupation has gone for far too long and they do not see any prospect of it ending because Israel has absolutely no interest in peace. There is massive and rising frustration among the Palestinian people as well over the status quo since the Oslo agreement in 1993, where the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and Israel basically recognized each other and there was a road to peace in sight. But after that different Israeli governments applied delaying tactics and kept on building Jewish settlements on the Palestinians land. In view of the gravity of situation in entire Middle East, people and governments in Europe have rightly started realizing that they would have to take decisions on their own instead of following the United States to calm down the building storm that could sweep the entire world peace; and settlement of Palestinian issue would certainly go a long way in bringing peace back to the volatile region and the world at large.