Israel warns France ahead of Palestinian vote

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a French recognition of the Palestinian State would be an “irresponsible” move. (File photo: AFP)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that a French recognition of the Palestinian State would be an “irresponsible” move, the Israel-based news website I24News reported.

“Of course I’m worried about this [the French vote], because what they’re voting on is Palestine without peace,” Netanyahu told i24news days before French lawmakers vote on a proposal urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state.

The non-binding French vote was proposed by the ruling Socialist party, and follows a similar resolution by the Swedish and British parliaments.

“That’s what the Palestinians want. They want to have a state. Not to end the war with Israel, but to continue the war from improved boundaries. That’s all they’re saying,” he said.

“Look at what has happened. Every time we gave territory to the Palestinians, for example in Gaza, Iran walked in with its Palestinian proxies, fired thousands of rockets on our cities. Does anyone in Paris talk about this?” Netanyahu added.

The comments by the Israeli premier come a day after the Israeli government approved a controversial proposal that considers Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people.

The draft legislation still needs to be approved in parliament to become a law, but the government’s decision looks to further escalate tensions with Arab Israelis and Palestinians.

Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel’s population and strongly oppose the bill.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44