Norway, Ireland and Spain will recognize the Palestinian State | Israel’s war against Gaza News

The three European countries will formally enact the recognition on May 28 despite warnings from Israel about the consequences.

The leaders of Norway, Ireland and Spain have said their countries will formally recognize Palestine as a state next week for the sake of “peace in the Middle East,” prompting Israel to immediately withdraw its envoys.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said on Wednesday that a two-state solution was best for Israel, adding that recognition would come from May 28.

“There can be no peace in the Middle East if there is no recognition,” he said.

“In the midst of a war, with tens of thousands of dead and wounded (in Gaza), we must keep alive the only alternative that offers a political solution for both Israelis and Palestinians: two states, living side by side, in Peace and security. ”added the Gahr store.

“Recognition of Palestine is a means of supporting moderate forces that have been losing ground in this prolonged and brutal conflict,” he said.

“Ultimately, this could allow the process towards achieving a two-state solution to be restarted and give it new impetus,” he added.

Shortly after Norway’s announcement, Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said his country would also recognize a Palestinian state.

“Today, Ireland, Norway and Spain announce that we recognize the State of Palestine,” Harris said at a news conference. “Each of us will now take whatever national measures are necessary to give effect to that decision.”

“I am confident that other countries will join us in taking this important step in the coming weeks,” he added.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Micheal Martin, stated in X that the recognition will take place on May 28.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Wednesday that the country’s council of ministers would also recognize an independent Palestinian state on May 28.

Speaking in the Spanish parliament, Sánchez accused his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, of putting the two-state solution in “jeopardy” with his policy of “pain and destruction” in Gaza.

Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Amman, Jordan, because Israel’s government has banned Al Jazeera, said Malta and Slovenia were also expected to make similar announcements.

“This is a momentous occasion for the Palestinians,” he said.

“It is perhaps not surprising that Norway took the lead on this because they were behind the Oslo Accords, the 1993 agreement that actually did two things: It recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization, the PLO, as the legitimate representatives of the people Palestinian”. Khan added.

Israeli warning

Israel immediately announced that it would recall its envoys to Ireland and Norway for “urgent consultations.”

“Today I send a strong message to Ireland and Norway: Israel will not approach this quietly,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz said in a statement, adding that he planned to do the same with the Spanish ambassador.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry had previously published a video message addressed to Ireland on and instability”.

Israel has said plans for recognition of Palestine constitute a “prize for terrorism” that would reduce the chances of a negotiated resolution to the war in Gaza, which began on October 7 when Palestinian fighters swept into southern Israel.

Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary general of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), published in X: “Historical moments in which the free world triumphs for truth and justice after long decades of Palestinian national struggle, suffering and pain. , occupation, racism, murder, oppression, abuse and destruction to which the people of Palestine were subjected.”

Hamas called the decision by the three European countries an “important step.”

Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti said it was a “powerful and symbolically significant political step” that brought closer the achievement of “freedom and justice” for the Palestinian people.

“This is also a blow to Netanyahu and his extremist government, and to the fascists in his government… It means that acts of fascism and extremism in the Israeli government have no future,” he told Al Jazeera.