Israel Political Brief November 29, 2011: Iceland recognizes Palestinian state

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Iceland recognizes Palestinian state

Source: JTA, 11-29-11

Iceland’s parliament voted to recognize an independent state of Palestine.

The motion, which passed Tuesday, paves the way for Iceland to become the first Western European nation to recognize a Palestinian state. In December, several South American nations recognized Palestine, including Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia.

“Iceland is the first Western European country to take this step,” Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson told Icelandic state broadcaster RUV, according to news reports. “I now have the formal authority to declare our recognition of Palestine.”…READ MORE

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