Sweden has recognized the occupied state of Palestine officially, according to its foreign ministry. The Scandinavian has become the first West-European EU state to recognize the territories. Israel has recalled its ambassador in Sweden.
Israel is suffering from an epidemic of violence that must be treated, the country’s President Reuven Rivlin said. After the latest bloody conflict in Gaza, Jews and Arabs seem to have lost the capacity for dialogue, as relations have reached a new low.
The Palestinian government is seeking a UN Security Council vote on a resolution in the next two months that would set a deadline – November 2016 – for the IDF to withdraw from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The UK parliament’s motion to recognize the Palestinian state signals a change of policy on the Middle East, Jeremy Corbyn, British Labor Party MP told RT, adding that a binding resolution should be the next step.
Israel’s settlements in the West Bank are a “wicked cocktail” of occupation and illegality and similar to former apartheid South Africa, a UK MP said. His comments come as British MPs vote to recognize an independent Palestinian state.
Next week the British parliament will, for the first time, vote on whether or not to recognize Palestine as an independent state. Currently the United Kingdom does not, while 138 members of the UN, the vast majority, do recognize Palestine.
Sweden’s newly-formed center-left government is set to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, said Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. If Stockholm proceeds with the move it will be the first EU-member to officially endorse Palestinian statehood.