THE Spanish government has announced that it will soon hold a vote on the recognition of a Palestinian state.
The decision comes after UK parliament voted in favour of a non-binding motion supporting recognition of a Palestinian state on October 13.
A Spanish vote would not alter government policy, but it does carry symbolic value.
France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, has said that Paris, or any other government, should only recognize a Palestinian state if doing so would help achieve peace, not as a symbolic gesture.
Palestinians continue to pursue international recognition after decades of fighting Israeli forces in Gaza.