EU Parliament supports Palestinian state based on pre-1967 lines

The European Parliament chamber in Strasbourg, France. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Members of the European Union's (EU) parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution supporting "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution." The measure backs a Palestinian state based on Israel's pre-1967 lines, borders deemed indefensible by the current Israeli government.

The resolution—passed in a 498-88 vote, with 111 abstentions—also advocated "the development of peace talks" between the Israelis and Palestinians. The EU Parliament said it is reiterating "its strong support for the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states, with the secure State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security on the basis of the right of self-determination and full respect of international law."

The move comes after Portuguese, French, Irish, Spanish, and British legislatures all recently passed symbolic resolutions that recognized a Palestinian state, in addition to the Swedish government officially recognizing Palestinian statehood.

Posted on December 17, 2014 .