A senior Fatah official on Tuesday said that a European Union parliament vote to recognize “Palestine” as a state has been postponed due to an issue of wording.
"The right-wing parties, who represent a majority in the European parliament, wanted a wording similar to the Spanish decision, which reads that recognition will be declared after Palestinians and Israelis reach a peace agreement," Nabil Shaath told the Ma'an news agency.
Such a wording would not grant Palestinian Arabs self-determination, he added.
Shaath told Ma'an that left-wing parties believed recognition of “Palestine” as a state could help lead to a peace agreement.
He added that the Danish parliament would vote on recognition of Palestine as a state on December 12, and that the Palestinian Authority leadership would then push for state recognition from Austria and Finland.
Several European governments have already moved to recognize “Palestine”: British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on October 13 in favor of a non-binding motion to "recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution".
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon predicted on Monday that the momentum of countries recognizing the “state of Palestine” will grow.