Yesterday the Greek parliament voted unanimously to adopt a resolution urging its government to recognise the Palestinian State within the 1967 borders and with its capital in East Jerusalem. The decision took place during a two day official visit to Greece by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Whilst this is a small step of progress towards international recognition of Palestine, the resolution is non-binding. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras did not state when the Greek government will adopt the parliamentary decision formally and stated it will be "at a later, more appropriate date" so not to disturb good relations with Israel according to a statement released by the Greek foreign ministry.
This can be viewed as a tokenistic move of no real significance in the face of Greece's continuously strengthened relations with Israel. Athens has forged close ties with Israel in recent years particularly in the field of energy.
However, Greece is the latest European country to adopt a resolution for Palestinian Statehood with a total of 137 UN member states out of 193 in support of bilateral recognition. These small steps of progress will become meaningful for the creation of a Palestinian State when they can be without restrictions and legally binding so that UN resolutions and international law can be upheld.
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