As was expected, the Greek parliament unanimously voted to recognize the State of Palestine. This will now change Greece’s recognition of the “Palestinian Authority” to “Palestine” in its official addresses in media and and official documents.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis Paul Antonopoulos | AMN
Although this is only recognized by the parliament and not the Greek state, it is expected that this will soon eventuate.
The Greek premier Alexis Tsipras said on Monday that the vote to recognize Palestinian statehood would only serve to cement formal recognition at a later “appropriate” date.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who said the decision “leads nowhere” and has “no practical significance.”

 

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