Recognising a Palestinian state is not just about rectifying historic injustice” but also provides “the best means of ensuring the long term peace and security of both Israel and Palestine”, a city councillor said this week.
Labour Galway City Central councillor, Billy Cameron, has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to “deliver on its commitment” in the 2016 programme for Government, by recognising the State of Palestine.
Palestine is a de jure sovereign state, meaning the Palestinian Authority is recognised as being the legitimate government of a territory over which it has little, or no actual, control. Most of the areas claimed by the State of Palestine have been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War. However, it is officially recognised by 136 UN member states.
Cllr Cameron is calling on the Government to become the 137th state to recognise Palestine, especially as the Programme for Government promises Ireland would “honour our commitment to recognise the State of Palestine as part of a lasting settlement to the conflict”.
“Palestinians continue to aspire to unite their national territory - the West Bank and Gaza - to create a single state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Palestinians, under President Mahmoud Abbas, remain committed to peaceful means, opposing terrorism locally, nationally, and regionally. They want to talk peace. The EU must play a central role in commencing a dialogue as the US, under Trump, is incapable.”
Cllr Cameron said Ireland “must be at the heart” of this dialogue as since the 1960s, “Ireland has been outspoken on the Palestinian issue from presidents Éamon de Valera to Michael D Higgins”.