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.'