Europeans stand up for Palestinian state
The European Union's new Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini is expected to repeat her recent call for the establishment of a Palestinian state at a debate in the EU Parliament, saying the world "cannot afford" another war in Gaza, Anadolu Agency reported.
The push for Palestinian statehood has increasingly been brought up in parliaments around Europe, with Sweden last month becoming the 137th of the United Nations 193 member states to officially recognize the State of Palestine.
The moves come as tension continue to rise between Palestinians and Israelis with frequent clashes and deadly terror attacks erupting -- a reality which led to Mogherini's trip to the area and call in Gaza City on November 8 for the recognition of a Palestinian state.
Naser Khader, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, has been visiting the region for the last 20 years and just returned from his latest trip to Israel.
Khader, also the founder of the Democratic Muslims and the Danish political party New Alliance, described the situation as "extremely tense."