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Ireland, Spain, and Norway Officially Recognize Palestine as a State; Israel Reacts By Recalling its Ambassadors

Ireland, Spain, and Norway have unanimously announced that they will formally recognize Palestine as a state next week, much to Israel’s dismay. The Israeli regime immediately called back its ambassadors to Dublin and Oslo. 

“There cannot be peace in [West Asia] if there is no recognition … In the midst of a war, with tens of thousands killed and injured [in Gaza], we must keep alive the only alternative that offers a political solution for Israelis and Palestinians alike: Two states living side by side, in peace and security,” Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. 

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris then followed suit, confirming Ireland will also recognize Palestine as a state. 

The recognition will become official on May 28, 2024.  

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also announced that the country’s Council Ministers will proceed to recognize an independent Palestinian state on May 28, while accusing the Israeli regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “putting the two-state solution in danger with his policy of pain and destruction in Gaza.”

Tel Aviv reacted by recalling its ambassadors to Ireland and Norway, while vowing to recall its envoy from Spain.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz called the outpour of support for Palestinians a “folly,” adding that recognizing Palestinian statehood “[sends] a message to the Palestinians and the world: Terrorism pays.”

Meanwhile the Palestinian Resistance appreciated the three nations. 

“We welcome the announcement by Norway, Ireland, and Spain of recognition of the State of Palestine, and we consider it an important step on the path to consolidating our right to our land and establishing our independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” the statement by the Palestinian Resistance said. 

“Historical moments in which the free world triumphs for truth and justice after long decades of Palestinian national struggle, suffering, pain, occupation, racism, murder, oppression, abuse and destruction to which the people of Palestine were subjected,” the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) stated. 

Nine other European countries have already recognized Palestine statehood.

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