Fianna Fáil has proposed an all-party motion in the Seanad calling on the Government to back, and seek international support for, the establishment of a secure and viable State for the Palestinian people.
Fianna Fáil’s Leader in the Seanad, Senator Darragh O’Brien said: “The issue of recognising a State for the Palestinian people comes before the UN General Assembly in September.  We believe the Government the formation of a State based on Israel’s pre-1967 borders and should seek to garner international support for the Palestinian people.
“The Palestinian people for too long have had to contend with being referenced internationally as living in ‘territories’.  The time has long since come for the international community to recognise the State of Palestine and revive the peace process.
“Dr. Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian negotiator and former minister, is currently in Ireland seeking support for recognition.  I know Dr. Shaath met the Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore today to present the case for support at the UN General Assembly.
“There have been years of failed attempts to secure peace in the Middle East.  The two-state solution is the only way forward now in our view.  We are seeking support for the all-party motion in the Seanad and I know by colleague Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has tabled a motion in the Dáil.
“From our own experiences over many years in Northern Ireland there is much that Ireland can offer the Palestinian people and the people of Israel in the search for peace.  I know President Obama recognised the important work of Senator George Mitchell in the all-party talks in the run-up to the Good Friday Agreement and he served as the US peace envoy for the Middle East for a period.  Ireland can and should publicly support the establishment of a State the Palestinian people.  I hope there will be international consensus at the UN in September and the peace process can be reignited,” concluded Senator O’Brien.