France may recognize Palestinian statehood if international attempts to broker a negotiated agreement between Israelis and Palestinians fall through.
If France’s parliament passes the non-binding motion on Tuesday, the nation would join Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain in pushing for a two-state solution to the long-lasting Israeli-Palestinian conflict by recognizing a Palestinian state, Reuters reported Friday.
“If this final effort to reach a negotiated solution fails, then France will have to do what it takes by recognizing without delay the Palestinian state,” said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius before parliament. “We are ready.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the move as a “grave mistake.”
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