The president of the LFI deputies Mathilde Panot hopes to pass a resolution in the National Assembly to recognize the Palestinian territory as a state. A text had already been adopted in this sense in 2014, without concrete follow-up. The presidential majority could be reluctant to support the rebels’ approach.
A vote to try to relieve the pressure. Faced with the situation in the Gaza Strip and particularly in the south, in Rafah, where more than 1.3 million Palestinians are crowded together, Mathilde Panot urges the government to act.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his army on Wednesday February 7 to prepare an offensive in this part of the Palestinian territory backed by the closed Egyptian border, causing the UN to fear a “terrifying” prospect.
“I am announcing to you that our group is tabling a motion for a resolution to call on the French government to recognize the State of Palestine within the United Nations,” explained the president of the LFI deputies during a press briefing at the National Assembly this Tuesday, February 13.
A resolution already passed in 2014
The maneuver is intended to be very symbolic: even when voted on, a resolution does not have mandatory legislative consequences. In 2014, the Assembly and the Senate had already voted on a resolution inviting the French state to recognize the Palestinian state, without consequences.
At the time, this text, which had not been supported by the right, hoped to generalize the approach in other European countries.
Macron called for “a two-state solution”
If Palestine sits in several international bodies and organizations and is recognized as a state by almost all of Asia and Africa, other countries do not support this approach. The United States, Canada, Spain, France, Italy and Finland do not recognize this territory as a state.
The approach of France Insoumise perhaps supported by the presidential majority? On paper, probably. At the start of the conflict between Hamas and Gaza, Emmanuel Macron called for “achieving the solution of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security”.
Uncertain support for the rebels
This coexistence between two independent states, one Hebrew and the other Palestinian, is at the heart of the Oslo peace accords, signed in 1993 but never implemented. But the presidential majority could have strong reservations.
Very criticized after the start of the conflict for its position on Hamas, La France insoumise was not considered welcome by several heavyweights of the macronie as by some of the hostage families during the tribute to the French victims at the Invalides on Wednesday February 7.