Legislation that would officially recognise Palestine as a sovereign nation is expected to easily pass parliament, due in large part to very recent developments.
As reported, Minister of Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson told the UN that the government supports international recognition of Palestinian statehood.
However, it is still a parliamentary matter to be put for a vote. Conservative chairman Bjarni Benediktsson questions the wisdom of supporting a Palestinian state, contending that Palestinian statehood is a matter that should be resolved with both Israel and Palestine in the negotiations, and that Icelanders have very little actual knowledge of the situation to have an informed opinion.
But then yesterday, first The Movement and now the Progressives have publicly stated that they will vote in favour of the measure, leaving the Independence Party as the sole political party to oppose it. This gives the ruling coalition more than enough votes to easily pass the resolution.
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