The Israeli parliament rejects by a large majority the recognition of a “Palestinian state”.

Israel’s parliament on Wednesday approved by a large majority a resolution proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against any “unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state,” which the text said would amount to rewarding Hamas’s “unprecedented terrorism.”

The vote came days after The Washington Post claimed that the United States and several Arab countries would develop a global peace plan with a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state once the current war between Israel and the movement ends. The Islamist Hamas is in Gaza.

“This historic vote shows our collective resolve,” Netanyahu wrote on the social network

This is emphasized in the resolution, which was adopted by 99 of the 120 members of the Knesset (Parliament). “Israel categorically rejects international arrangements for a permanent solution with the Palestinians” and that this solution could only be achieved “through direct negotiations between the parties and without preconditions.”

He adds that “Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state” because “such a declaration, following the October 7 massacre, would constitute a huge reward for unprecedented terrorism and would impede any future peace agreement.”

The war was sparked by an Oct. 7 raid by Hamas commandos from Gaza that left more than 1,160 people, mostly civilians, dead and nearly 250 kidnapped in southern Israel, according to a tally based on official Israeli data.

In retaliation, Israel launched a bombing campaign Ground offensive against the Gaza Strip, in which 29,313 people have been killed so farAccording to the Ministry of Health in the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory, most of them are civilians.

According to him Washington PostThe plan drawn up by President Joe Biden’s administration and several Arab countries allied with the United States calls for a ceasefire of “at least six weeks” in Gaza, the release of the hostages still in the hands of the Islamists and a timetable for this to create a Palestinian state.

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The newspaper quotes senior American and Arab officials as hoping for an agreement before March 10, when the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins.

With information from AFP.

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