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Words of wisdom? This evening's vote was not about freeing Palestine but about recognising it as a state in its own right. That being said, Mandela's words provide a possible context for the decision.

Words of wisdom? This evening’s vote was not about freeing Palestine but about recognising it as a state in its own right. That being said, Mandela’s words provide a possible context for the decision.

MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion calling on the government to recognise Palestine as a state.

The House voted by 274 to 12 to adopt the motion, which states that “this House believes that the government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel”.

It was amended to include the words “as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”.

The vote is non-binding on the UK government but may be influential internationally. An initial amendment would have had the UK government recognising Palestine on the conclusion of peace negotiations with the Israeli government but this was not selected for debate.

Among the 274 MPs who voted in favour of recognising Palestine was Labour leader Ed Miliband, who has been repeatedly reviled by many of his political opponents as a Zionist. The move makes a mockery of such people and their displays of outrage.

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