France backs Pales­tini­ans: Good

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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.

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