Norway, Ireland, Spain Set to Recognize Palestinian Statehood on May 28

Omar Abbas - | World

The recent decision by Ireland, Spain, and Norway to recognize a Palestinian state has ignited a diplomatic response from Israel, resulting in the immediate recall of Israeli ambassadors from these countries.

European Recognition and Call for Ceasefire

This move signifies a significant shift in international dynamics regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and highlights the growing support for Palestinian statehood among Western nations.

Ireland, Spain, and Norway made their announcement on Wednesday, setting a date of May 28 for the recognition of a Palestinian state. Their decision was motivated by a desire to accelerate efforts to secure a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez emphasized the importance of solidarity among Western countries, stating that the recognition of Palestine could strengthen efforts to achieve a ceasefire and restart the political process towards a peace agreement.

The decision by these European nations follows months of lobbying by Spain and its allies, including France, Portugal, Belgium, and Slovenia, to garner support for recognizing a Palestinian state. Irish Taoiseach Simon Harris underscored the significance of the announcement, affirming that each country would take the necessary steps to implement the decision. Harris also reaffirmed Ireland's recognition of Israel's right to exist securely and peacefully, while calling for the immediate release of hostages held in Gaza.

Israeli Response and Diplomatic Fallout

In Oslo, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store emphasized the need for a two-state solution as the only viable path towards peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians alike. However, Israel's response to the recognition of Palestinian statehood was swift and decisive. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz ordered the immediate recall of Israeli ambassadors from Ireland, Spain, and Norway for consultations, signaling displeasure with their actions. Katz also warned of further "severe consequences," emphasizing Israel's commitment to protecting its sovereignty and security interests.

The international community's response to the recognition of Palestinian statehood varies widely. While a majority of United Nations member states have already recognized Palestine, including several global powers, only a handful of European Union members have done so. The United Kingdom and Australia have hinted at potentially following suit in the near future, indicating a shifting tide in favor of Palestinian statehood.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the most enduring and contentious issues in international diplomacy. Palestinians seek statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as their capital, the recognition of Palestinian statehood by Western nations adds a new dimension to the quest for a lasting peace agreement in the region.

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