The UK parliament on Monday voted to recognize Palestine as a state alongside Israel, passing the non-binding agreement 274 to 12 in a symbolic move that could nonetheless have implications internationally.The House of Commons backed the agreement as a \u0022contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution,\u0022 although less than half of Ministers of Parliament voted after the four-hour debate had finished. The measure does not actually require the British government to act.Grahame Morris, the Labour minister who introduced the motion, said it was a \u0022small but important symbolic step.\u0022 Middle East MP Tobias Ellwood said the UK should wait to accept Palestine as a state until it was \u0022appropriate for the peace process,\u0022 and that the timing of their recognition would be \u0022critical… You can, after all, only play this card once.\u0022Prime Minister David Cameron supported Israel during its attack on Gaza over the summer, which saw more than 2,100 Palestinians and 70 Israelis killed over weeks of shelling, bombing, and ground attacks, and Haaretz notes that despite recent political statements of waning approval for the Israeli government, \u0022British-Israel trade has soared to record levels.\u0022However, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv told Haaretz that Monday’s Parliamentary measure \u0022is a sign of the way the wind is blowing, and will continue to blow without any progress towards peace.\u0022Morris downplayed the impact of the measure on Israeli interests, stating at the beginning of the debate that \u0022recognition of Palestine does not mean causing any harm to Israel. The opposite, it is for Israel\u0026#039;s good as well.\u0022Almost all of the speakers, including those who supported the motion, acknowledged Israel\u0026#039;s right to exist in security. But even some of those who voted against recognizing Palestine offered warnings of declining support for Israel. Conservative MP Richard Ottaway, who voted against the measure on the grounds that Palestine \u0022is not yet fit to be a state,\u0022 also said that \u0022Israel has been slowly drifting away from world public opinion.\u0022\u0022I have to say to the Government of Israel that if they are losing people like me, they will be losing a lot of people,\u0022 Ottaway said.Ellwood seemed to agree, telling Parliament that while Israel lived in a \u0022tough neighborhood,\u0022 its recent actions—including continued land grabs and settlement expansions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem—seemed to go against the country’s stated commitment to peace.Shadow foreign minister Ian Lucas said the Labour party’s support of the measure was intended to \u0022strengthen the moderate voices among the Palestinians who want to pursue the path of politics, not the path of violence.\u0022\u0022This is not an alternative to negotiations. It is a bridge for beginning them,\u0022 he said.