21.06.2024 US
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Norway, Ireland, and Spain recognize Palestine as an independent state

Norway, Ireland, and Spain recognize Palestine as an independent state, and this decision will take effect on May 28, which has elicited a sharp reaction from Israel

Oleksandr Budariev
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Flag of Palestine, illustrative photo / Photo: nayefhammouri, AdobeStock

On May 22, Norway officially announced that it recognizes Palestine as an independent state, reports the country's government. Similar statements were made by Ireland and Spain, announced the Prime Minister of Ireland. The decisions will take effect on May 28.

Recognition of Palestine: An Important Step for Conflict Resolution

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre stated that in the context of war and numerous casualties, the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be the coexistence of Israel and Palestine as two independent states.

Støre emphasized that this decision sends a strong signal to other countries about the necessity of recognizing Palestine to support the peaceful resolution of the conflict.

The recognition of Palestine, according to Støre, is a support for moderate forces in the protracted conflict.

Also, the Prime Minister of Ireland Simon Harris stated: “We recognize the state of Palestine.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stated on Wednesday that the Council of Ministers will recognize the independence of the Palestinian state on Tuesday, May 28.

Israel's Reaction to the Recognition of Palestine

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has recalled the ambassadors from Ireland and Norway for consultations. He believes that the recognition of Palestine undermines Israeli sovereignty and security. Katz sharply condemned the decision, calling it an attempt to justify terror.

He also noted that despite these decisions, Israel will continue to pursue the security of its citizens and the destruction of Hamas' power.


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