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Ireland, Norway and Spain to recognise Palestinian state

  • May 23, 2024
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Ireland, Norway and Spain to recognise Palestinian state

The Republic of Ireland, Norway, and Spain have announced that they will formally recognise a Palestinian state from, 28th May. Spain and Ireland both said that the decision does not represent support for Hamas but was in favour of peace.

Israel reacted with anger at the news. The move, it said, would cause more instability in the region. It responded by recalling its ambassadors in Dublin, Oslo, and Madrid. Hamas as well as its rival, the Palestinian Authority, have welcomed the news.

Norway was the first to make such an announcement. It co-ordinated its decision with both Ireland and Spain. It was done “in support of moderate forces that are on a retreating front in a protracted and cruel conflict,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said. “This is an investment in the only solution that can bring lasting peace in the Middle East,” he added.

This was a reference to the ‘two-state solution’ which supports both an Israeli and Palestinian state existing peacefully next to one another.

Ireland and Spain followed shortly after. “Today, we state clearly our unambiguous support for the equal right to security, dignity, and self-determination for the Palestinian and Israeli peoples,” Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin said.

The country’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Simon Harris emphasised that “Hamas is not the Palestinian people.”

“Today’s decision to recognise Palestine is taken to help create a peaceful future,” he said.

These comments were echoed by Spain’s Prime Minster, Pedro Sanchez. The move, Sanchez said, was “not against Israel,” he said, adding also that it is “not against the Jews.”

“It is not in favour of Hamas, which is something that has been said. This recognition is not against anyone, it is in favour of peace and coexistence.”

Israel reacted with anger to the news. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the decision, calling it a “reward for terrorism” and added that it would not lead to peace.

Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, ordered the immediate return of the Israeli ambassadors to Ireland, Norway, and Spain for “consultations.” “Israel will not go over this in silence – there will be other serious consequences,” he said.

He also said that the ambassadors from those countries will be summoned for “reprimand talks” in which they will be shown a video of the abduction of female Israel soldiers on, 7th October.

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