Big news. I knew they were scheduled to vote tonight and believed it would pass, but am still surprised at the numbers. It wasn’t even close. Sweden last week, Great Britain tonight, wonder how long the U.S. will hold out.
In a historic move, the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly tonight, 274-12, to recognize a Palestinian state.
#MPs vote 274 to 12 to approve amended motion that Govt recognise #Palestine state alongside #Israel as part of negotiated 2 state solution
The sense of the speechmaking (rush transcript here) was almost entirely in favor of the motion, with members of the House of Commons saying they were reflecting the popular will in the wake of the Gaza slaughter and the failure of the peace process. Some said they were seeking to influence the United States, which has not been an honest broker. Here is the New York Times coverage, indicating it was a symbolic vote. Many speakers said that it was not symbolic, it was historic and long past due, from the country that gave Zionists the Balfour Declaration and that recognized a Jewish state in 1950.
We’ll get up more coverage of the debate later, but I wanted to pass along Sir Richard Ottaway’s speech. A strong supporter of Israel, the Conservative M.P., 69, who represents a London district, said that the country has made him “look like a fool” with its recent settlement announcement and that he is voting for the motion because of that landgrab. “I have to say to the Government of Israel that if they are losing people like me, they will be losing a lot of people.”
– See more at mondoweiss
*Edited to add link to the debate which took place during Parliament, prior to the vote today. I just finished reading it and found it fascinating