Greek parliament recognizes Palestinian state amid strong ties with Israel

The Greek Parliament Tuesday voted for the recognition of Plaestinian statehood within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem its capital. The Greek media describe the resolution as symbolic and non-binding, like the one approved by the British and French parliaments – not that of Sweden.The vote comes amid warming Israel-Greek relations. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu scheduled to meet twice next month with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, after the latter’s visit to Jerusalem and their discussions on a Mediterranean consortium for exploiting Israel’s gas (first reported by DEBKAfile). Greece declined to join the EU guidelines on labeling Israeli products from Judea and Samaria.

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