Spain, Norway Ireland Formally Recognise Palestinian State

Spain, Norway Ireland Formally Recognise Palestinian State

Spain, Ireland and Norway have made good their threat as the European countries have formally recognised the Palestinian state.

The move has however angered Israel and led to withdrawal of its ambassadors from the three countries.

The three countries said the recognition of Palestinian State was an attempt to refocus attention on efforts to find a political solution to the war in the Middle East.

They noted that their action may encourage other European countries to follow suit, in a diplomatic push that could help secure a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

However, Israel’s government has accused all three countries of rewarding terrorism even as it formally reprimanded their envoys in Tel Aviv.

Envoys of the three countries were summoned to Israel’s foreign ministry last week to be shown footage of the 7 October attacks in front of the media.

The recognition of Palestine by the three countries has reportedly mounted more diplomatic pressure on Israel after two international courts called for an end to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operations in southern Gaza and accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of war crimes.

Israel has invaded Rafah, a city in Gaza said to be home to fleeing Palestinian refugees but more people have now been displaced from the city which Israel said is vital in the war to destroy Hamas.

According to figures from the Gaza-controlled health Ministry, over 35,000 people have died since Israel started the war against Hamas in Gaza, following the militant attack in southern Israel on October 7, 2023 killing 1,200 Israelis and taking about 200 hostages.

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