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European countries back Palestinian statehood

European countries are pressuring the United States to recognize Palestine as a state.

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Palestinian medics wheel a wounded boy into the al-shifa hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on November 14, 2012. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

More European countries are joining France in backing Palestinian statehood. Britain remains on the fence, Reuters reported, saying that it first wants a promise that Palestinians will not try to prosecute Israel through the International Criminal Court.

Switzerland, Denmark and Austria said they would support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' bid for semi-statehood. Spain also joined France in supporting the bid,The New York Times reported

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Palestine is technically pushing to win the title of non-member "observer state" in a vote that will take place on Thursday at the UN General Assembly, but the move would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood, Turkish Weekly reported.

The United States is continuing to side with Israel, saying it will only support Palestinian statehood through a peace agreement with Israel. Germany is also siding with the US and Israel. "It is certain that Germany will not vote for such a resolution," a spokesman told Turkish Weekly. 

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