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Norway, Spain & Ireland Acknowledged Palestine As An Independent State- Historic Moment For Palestinians!

Norway, Spain & Ireland officially recognized the existence of a Palestinian state on Wednesday, drawing condemnation from Tel-Aviv. Israel’s President has called back Israel’s ambassadors in these countries as the settling nation awaits more such announcements from other European countries.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr made the first announcement. He said, “By recognizing a Palestinian state, Norway supports the Arab peace plan. Palestine has a fundamental right to an independent state. Hence, Norway will therefore regard Palestine as an independent state with all the rights and obligations that entails."

Soon, Ireland and Spain joined in. Ireland’s Prime Minister Simon Harris announced in a press conference that Ireland would follow Norway and recognize Palestine as a state in an attempt to propel the “two-state solution” discussion.

In his speech to the lower parliament, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez talked about his previous attempts to secure a ceasefire in Gaza. He also blamed Netanyahu for enforcing “dangerous” policies in Gaza, leading to a man-made famine. “We know that this initiative won't bring back the past and the lives lost in Palestine, but we believe that it will give the Palestinians two things that are very important for their present and their future: dignity and hope,” Sánchez said.

He further added, “This recognition is not against anyone; it is not against the Israeli people. It is an act in favor of peace, justice, and moral consistency."

The formal recognition statement will be issued on 28th May 2024. Hamas leaders have credited Palestinians' resilience for this huge momentum. “These successive recognitions are the direct result of this brave resistance and the legendary steadfastness of the Palestinian people. We believe this will be a turning point in the international position on the Palestinian issue," a senior member of the Hamas Political Bureau told AFP.

140 out of 193 members of the United Nations have recognized the existence of a Palestinian state. However, only a handful of European countries have done the same. After the joint recognition from Norway, Spain, and Ireland, other European countries are expected to follow suit and create more pressure on Netanyahu to face the "two-state" discussion.

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