Musa Amer Odeh, Palestinian ambassador to Madrid with Spanish parliamentarians after vote
Spanish members of parliament have voted nearly unanimously to exert pressure on Madrid to recognize Palestine as a state.
DW.de–The Spanish Parliament voted late Tuesday in favor of recognizing Palestine. MPs voted 319:2 in favor of draft legislation demanding that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government recognizes Palestine as a state. The bill said the “only solution to the conflict is the coexistence of two states, Israel and Palestine.” Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party was widely in favor of the bill, but set a requirement that a negotiation process between the two guarantee peace and security first.
The parliament also called on the government to pressure the European Union to recognize Palestine as well. At the end of October, Sweden became the first western EU member to recognize it. Israel, in turn, recalled its ambassador from Stockholm. Britain and Ireland held similar non-binding votes last month and French lawmakers will vote on November 28. Poland, Hungary and Slovakia had recognized Palestine before they became EU members. The UK parliament is also considering a vote on recognition of Palestine, which is currently recognized by around 130 countries worldwide.