Dublin – Ireland’s ¬†government is considering recognition of Palestinian statehood as a possible tactic for kick-starting Middle East peace talks, It’s foreign minister says, an idea bitterly opposed by Israel.

Ireland became the latest European Union member Wednesday to approve a non-binding parliamentary motion seeking recognition of Palestinian statehood. Lawmakers in Britain, France and Spain already have passed similar motions calling on their governments to follow Sweden, which on Oct. 30 ignited debate by becoming the first western EU member to recognize Palestinian statehood.

Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said Ireland’s government was considering the move.

“I’ve no difficulty in principle with the idea of early recognition, if I believe it can contribute to achieving a settlement of the conflict,” Flanagan told lawmakers. “The present stalemate is not acceptable.”