A large number of Europeans back the creation of a separate Palestinian state, a new opinion poll shows. The research carried out by YouGov in France, Britain and Germany came as activists erected a giant flag outside the EU in Brussels ahead of a key UN debate on the issue next week.
Hadi Shebli, the deputy head of the Palestinian delegation to the EU, told euronews ‘‘All the international reports carried out by the UN, the World Bank and above European institutions, which were all initially in favour of setting up a Palestinian state, show that the existing institutions of the Palestinian Authority are ready to be turned into a functioning sovereign state.’‘
But Berlin, Paris and London are calling for renewed peace talks rather than recognition in the UN, something the EU Commission also appeared keen to underline.
Commission spokesman Michael Mann said ‘‘A political solution to the crisis is needed through the creation of two states. Israel, which already exists, and a Palestinian state – but through negotiation.”
Activists also delivered a near one million-strong petition supporting their statehood demands.
Their chances of being successful in the UN, however, look bleak – the US has already said it will veto it in the Security Council.