European Parliament backs recognition of Palestinian state 'in principle'

The European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state "in principle" on Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014, following a series of votes on the issue in EU nations which have enraged Israel. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state "in principle" on Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014, following a series of votes on the issue in EU nations which have enraged Israel. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

STRASBOURG, France (AFP) - The European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state "in principle" on Wednesday, following a series of votes on the issue in EU nations which have enraged Israel.

Lawmakers approved the motion by 498 votes to 88 with 111 abstentions, although it was a watered down version of an original motion which had urged EU member states to recognise a Palestinian state unconditionally.