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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns France it would be making a "grave mistake" its parliament votes to recognise a Palestinian state

Before A Year ; Netanyahu warned of ‘grave mistake’ if France recognizes Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday(Nov 14. 2014) that France’s parliament would be making a “grave mistake” if it recognises a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2 2014.

“Do they have nothing better to do at a time of beheadings across the Middle East, including that of a French citizen?” he told reporters in Jerusalem, referring to hiker Herve Gourdel who was executed by his jihadist captors in Algeria in September 2014.

“Recognition of a Palestinian state by France would be a grave mistake,” Netanyahu said.

“The State of Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people, the only state that we have, and the Palestinians demanding a state do not want to recognise the right to have a state for the Jewish people,” Netanyahu told members of Israel’s growing Jewish community from France.

His comments came just hours after his cabinet voted 14-6 in favour of a controversial proposal to anchor in law Israel’s status as “the national homeland of the Jewish people”.

France’s plans for a non-binding but highly symbolic vote follows similar resolutions passed by the British and Spanish parliaments, and an official decision to recognise Palestine by the Swedish government.

Sweden’s move infuriated Israel which responded by recalling its ambassador to Stockholm.

A draft of the proposal in France “invites the French government to use the recognition of the state of Palestine as an instrument to gain a definitive resolution of the conflict”.

European leaders have shown signs of mounting impatience with Israel over its continued settlement-building on Palestinian land.

Criticism has become more focused in the wake of this summer’s 50-day offensive by the Israeli army in Gaza that killed about 2,200 Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.

The French parliamentary vote follows a similar resolution to “recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution” approved by British lawmakers on October 13 2014 .

Israel warned that the British resolution, which passed with a huge majority but is also non-binding, risked undermining peace prospects.

Sweden went further by announcing on October 30 that it officially recognised the Palestinian state, a move heavily criticised by Israel and the United States.

The Palestinian Authority estimates that 135 countries have now recognised Palestine as a state, although the number is disputed and several recognitions by what are now European Union member states date back to the Soviet era.

France was among 14 EU nations which voted in favour of granting Palestinian territories observer status at the United Nations in November 2012

Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi warns Iran rapidly closing in on Israel’s technological advantage.

ISRAELI GENERAL DECLARES: “We’re already at war with Iran”

ISRAELI GENERAL DECLARES: “We’re already at war with Iran” Israel’s Military Intelligence chief warned last week that Israel and Iran are both battling for technological edge – and the Islamic Republic is quickly narrowing the gap between the two countries. Maj. … read more

Israel fighter jets penetrated Syrian airspace and attacked Hezbollah targets

Israel fighter jets penetrated Syrian airspace and attacked Hezbollah targets

First Since Russian Intervention, Israeli Warplanes Strike Hezbollah & Syrian Targets Defense officials declined to comment on the report. Israeli fighter jets penetrated Syrian airspace and attacked numerous Hezbollah targets in the South of Syria, according to Syrian media Saturday. … read more

Palestine Intifada Begins : Attempted suicide bombing near Jerusalem

THIRD INTIFADA OFFICIALLY BEGINS: Attempted suicide bombing near Jerusalem as female terrorist blows up car

THIRD INTIFADA OFFICIALLY BEGINS: Attempted suicide bombing near Jerusalem as female terrorist blows up car .Arab woman detonates car bomb near Ma’ale Adumim, lightly wounding one police officer; bomb meant for Jerusalem.Israel Police reported early Sunday morning of an explosion … read more

Hamas welcomes ICC inquiry into Israeli-Palestinian conflict

  (Reuters) – The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it welcomed a decision by the International Criminal Court to launch an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories. ICC prosecutors said on Friday the preliminary examination … read more

Netanyahu: Weak against Hamas, strong against Europe

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Netanyahu doesn’t have a solution to the deep diplomatic isolation Israel has maneuvered itself into under his leadership; his most recent response to the accumulation of events was disproportionate and conveyed mainly hysteria. Multiple diplomatic crises flooded through the news … read more

EU court takes Hamas off terrorist organisations list

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The General Court of the European Union has annulled the bloc’s decision to keep the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on a list of terrorist groups. The decision had been based not on an examination of Hamas’ actions, but on “factual … read more

Abbas – Palestinian President: Closing Jerusalem holy site ‘a declaration of war

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(CNN) — Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis spiked in Jerusalem Thursday as Israel closed access to the Temple Mount, a move Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called a “declaration of war.” Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told CNN on Thursday that the … read more