European Parliament wants Palestinian state

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Posted: Dec 17, 2014 7:41 AM

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Parliament has stopped short of pushing for outright recognition of a Palestinian state, urging renewed peace talks instead.

Legislators voted 498-88 Wednesday in favor of a compromise resolution supporting "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood" — but as part of a two-state solution with Israel. The resolution supports two states on the basis of 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states.

After years of deadlock in Mideast peace efforts, a growing number of European leaders and lawmakers want to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state. Supporters hope that would force negotiations to resume.

Israel's government argues recognition would discourage the Palestinians from negotiations and make peace harder to achieve.

The issue is divisive and prompted shouting and emotional arguing in Wednesday's debate in the European Parliament.