Ireland prepares to recognize Palestinian state despite Israel’s warning

Cabinet ministers have been briefed on imminent plans to recognize Palestinian statehood, as Israel warned the announcement would “fuel extremism and instability.”

Irish and Spanish officials have been in talks with other European countries about joint recognition of the State of Palestine.

The announcement is expected Wednesday morning.

Michael Martin and Simon Harris
Micheál Martin and Simon Harris (Maxwell Photography/PA)

Leaders of the three coalition parties briefed Cabinet ministers on Tuesday about the latest stage of negotiations.

Taoiseach Simon Harris and Tánaiste Micheál Martin are involved in “ongoing coordination” with other European leaders over the announcement, a government spokesperson said.

The spokesman said recognizing Palestinian statehood has been a “foundation stone” of Irish foreign policy, adding that the Government believes in a two-state solution.

Meanwhile, in an online video aimed at Ireland, Israel’s Foreign Ministry warned that recognizing a Palestinian state “will lead to more terrorism” and “endanger any prospects for peace.”

The narrator says: “Ireland, the possibility of recognizing a Palestinian state risks becoming a pawn in the hands of Iran and Hamas.

“Such a move will only strengthen Hamas and weaken an already dysfunctional Palestinian authority.

“The fact that Hamas leaders are thanking them should serve as a wake-up call.

“Their actions will only fuel extremism and instability.

“Progress can only be achieved through direct negotiations within a broader regional context.

“Do not be pawns in the hands of Hamas. Say no to recognition.”