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News ID: 7430
Publish Date: 03 December 2014 - 10:18
The vote was approved with 339 votes to 151, and is non-binding

Israel has furiously warned that the French parliament's vote in favour of recognising Palestine as a state will 'harm the peace process'.

France's lower house of Parliament voted today 339 votes to 151 to urge the government to recognise a Palestinian state. 

The vote is non-binding. Instead it is seen as a symbol of hope for the Palestinians, as support grows in Europe for two states.

But in a statement today the Israeli embassy in Paris said: 'Israel believes that the vote in the National Assembly... will reduce the possibility of achieving a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.'

And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the French vote a 'grave mistake'. 

It comes after Sweden became the biggest Western European country to recognise Palestine, and parliaments in Spain, Britain and Ireland also backed non-binding recognition resolutions. 

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