EU lawmakers stop short of Palestine recognition vote

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini addresses the European Parliament during a debate on the recognition of Palestine statehood, in Strasbourg, November 26, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Vincent Kessler

(Reuters) – EU lawmakers stopped short on Tuesday of proposing a joint motion urging EU members to recognize a state of Palestine, settling instead on a compromise resolution that peace talks should progress.

Social Democrat, left-wing and Green members of the European Parliament had put forward motions for a symbolic vote on Wednesday to call on the EU’s 28 members to recognize Palestine statehood without conditions.

This follows Sweden’s decision in October to recognize Palestine and non-binding votes since then by parliaments in Britain, France, Ireland and Spain in favor of recognition that demonstrated growing European impatience with the stalled peace process.

Some European countries have grown increasingly vocal in expressing frustration with Israel, which since the collapse of the latest U.S.-sponsored talks in April has pressed on with building settlements in territory the Palestinians want for their future state…