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Poll: Should Ireland support Palestine's bid for full UN membership?

Ireland won’t decide how to vote on Palestine’s application until the wording is finalised. How do you think Ireland should vote?
Sep 4th 2011, 12:12 PM 5,793 120

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN has this morning confirmed that Ireland has yet to decide how it will vote if Palestine asks the United Nations for full membership – which would see the country being recognised as a sovereign state.

The spokesman said that until Palestine published the formal wording of its application – and clarified whether it would see full membership, or merely an upgrade to ‘observer state status’ – the government could not decide on its position.

Israel’s ambassador to Ireland, Boaz Modai, this week wrote saying Palestine should first return to the negotiating table with Israel and try to resolve the Middle Eastern conflict itself before proceeding with its UN bid.

Palestine’s ambassador Hikmat Ajjuri responded by saying that negotiations had stalled, and that global recognition of a Palestinian state would be the only way to send a clear message that Israel could not build settlements on Palestinian-occupied land.

With the UN’s next general assembly meeting just two weeks away, today we’re asking for your thoughts on whether Ireland should vote in favour of Palestine’s UN membership – and therefore take the step of recognising it as a full sovereign state.

Should Ireland support Palestine’s bid for full UN membership?

Poll Results:

Yes, now is the time (1938)
No (398)
Not yet - return to negotiations first (260)
I don't know (102)

Read: Ireland undecided on Palestinian bid for full UN membership >

Israeli view: Is a Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood really a road to peace? >

Palestinian view: The Palestinian people have an inalienable right to independence >

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