Citizens of Europe made it clear they wanted a Palestinian State


SaebPress, London–  A new opinion poll published Monday displayed a majority of people in Germany Britain, and France all want their leaders to vote in favour of a UN resolution to support recognition of a Palestinian state when it’s discussed at the UN.

The survey, which was carried out by Ifop in France and YouGov in Britain and Germany, on behalf of the global political web movement Avaaz, shows that in Germany 84% supported Palestinian statehood and 76% believed Germany should act now to recognize Palestine; and in France the figures were 82% and 69% respectively; in the U.K. the figures were 71% and 59%.

Ricken Patel, Executive Director of Avaaz, said in a statement: “The overwhelming majority of the British public have spoken – now David Cameron must listen.”

“The Prime Minister has a clear choice: stand with the British public, and 126 other nations to support a Palestinian state and a new path to peace, or side with the US government which continues to push a failed status quo,” Patel added.

Avaaz says it is planning to deliver more than 913,000 signatories backing what it describes as “this new opportunity for freedom” to the European parliament.

Saeb Shaath, Prominent European expert on the Middle East, linked the findings of the poll and the opposition of Germany, Italy, Holland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria to recognize Palestine at the UN. Shaath said, the significance of this poll is in its exposure of the undemocratic processes of some of the European governments in dictating and executing the EU Nations foreign policies in the Middle East, to serve large business and foreign interest groups which is not representative of what the majority of European citizens want to see taking place in the Middle East’’.

Catherine Ashton, European Union foreign policy chief, regarding the Palestinian bid to gain recognition of statehood and membership from the United Nations General Assembly, “There is no resolution on the table yet, so there is no position,” Ashton said during a two-day visit to Cairo.

Spain, with Sweden, Portugal, Norway, Malta, Belgium and Luxembourg are openly backing the recognition. While France and Britain have both said they would prefer to see meaningful negotiations on the basis of the pre-1967 borders with agreed land swaps, but have implied they may vote for enhanced status for the Palestinians.