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Norway, Ireland and Spain commit to recognizing a Palestinian-liberated state

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Several European capitals, including Madrid and Dublin, announced their intention to recognize a Palestinian state this Wednesday, May 22. An outraged Israel recalled several of its ambassadors, while Hamas and the PLO rejoiced.

This Wednesday, May 22, Norway opened the ball for a day in which several European countries announced their intention to recognize a Palestinian state. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Storr announced this morning that his country would recognize Palestine as of May 28. Shortly afterwards, Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris announced at a press conference: “Today, Ireland, Norway and Spain declare that we recognize the State of Palestine. Each of us will now take national steps to make this decision effective..” Finally, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced this “On Tuesday, May 28, Spain will approve the recognition of the State of Palestine in the Council of Ministers.”.

The initiative was known: Pedro Sánchez published a joint communique with the heads of government of Ireland, Slovenia and Malta in March, in which these countries expressed their desire to recognize such a state. That makes Israel extremely displeased. Tel Aviv recalled its ambassadors to Oslo and Dublin this morning. Israel's Foreign Ministry published a video message to Dublin on Tuesday evening on social networks “Recognizing a Palestinian state will make you a pawn in Iran's hands” And Hamas. The latter also welcomed the decision, described in a press release“An important step towards asserting our right to the land and establishing a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital”It forces other countries around the world to recognize them “Legitimate National Rights”. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) also welcomed the moments “Historical”.

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As for Israel, it plans to recognize a Palestinian state without a negotiated solution “reward” On October 7, Hamas attacked Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. In retaliation for the attack, which killed more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, Israel vowed to destroy Hamas and launched a wide-ranging military operation in Gaza. According to the health ministry of the Hamas-led government of the Palestinian territory, 35,647 people, most of them civilians, were killed in the Israeli military operation, which the UN described as a humanitarian disaster.

Update 11:45 am: With Hamas' response.

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