Spain, Ireland, and Norway Recognize Palestinian Statehood

  • Spain, Ireland, and Norway officially recognized a Palestinian state, prompting anger from Israel. 
  • The move aims to accelerate efforts to secure a ceasefire in Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza. 
  • The three countries hope their decision will inspire other European Union countries to follow suit. 
  • Spain is recognising a unified Palestinian state, including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, under the Palestinian National Authority with East Jerusalem as its capital. 
  • The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank under Israeli occupation, has welcomed the decision. 
  • Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs plans to upgrade its representative office in Ramallah to an embassy and appoint an ambassador there. 
  • Israel condemns the decision, claiming it bolsters Hamas, the militant Islamist group that led the deadly attack on Israel.
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