Foreign relations

Italy, the only State able to appease both Israel and Palestine

A caricature of Giovanni Giolitti who was five times Prime Minister of Italy in the XIX and XX century. Mr Giolitti was often accused of being double faced, an attitude which was called “giolittismo”.

In a veritable masterpiece of diplomatic equilibrium, in a hour the Italian Parliament approved two resolutions. Both recommend to the Government to recognize the State of Palestine, but the second one makes the recognition subject to the peace negotiations, id est to the consent of Israel.

Unsurprisingly, the twin Resolutions were praised both by the Israeli Embassy and the Palestinian Representative Office in Rome.

That said, it is unlikely that the “bold move” by the Italian Parliament will give a significant contribution to the peace process in the Middle East.



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