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Three European Countries Recognize Palestine Statehood

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Reuters reported that Spain, Ireland, and Norway have officially recognized Palestine as a state starting from the 28th (local time).

During a TV speech before an official cabinet meeting to officially approve the measure, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said, “The recognition of a Palestinian state is a historic decision with one goal in mind – the realization of peace between Israel and Palestine.”

Sanchez stated that recognizing Palestine as a state “is not a decision against Israel, a country which we respect and appreciate, and with whom we want to have the best possible relationship.” He emphasized, “This decision reflects our overt rejection of Hamas, which opposes the two-state solution.” Regarding the Palestinian border, he said, “We will not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders unless the parties involved agree.”

In 1967, Israel seized East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights during the Third Middle Eastern War.

Ireland and Norway also officially recognized Palestine as a state starting from the same day. The leaders of both countries declared their intention to recognize Palestine as a state during press conferences on the 22nd, stating that “the two-state solution is a way for both sides to coexist peacefully.”

Israel immediately reacted to Sanchez’s remarks. Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz condemned the recognition of Palestine as a state in a post on X, saying it’s “complicity in inciting genocide against Jews and war crimes.”

Out of the 193 UN member states, 139 countries have recognized Palestine as a state.

Daniel Kim
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