Norway, Spain And Ireland Move To Recognise State Of Palestine!

Israel-Hamas war update: The leaders of Norway and Spain said that their nations would recognise Palestine as a state next week. Ireland's leader also made a similar announcement, though he did not specify the timing.

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In a historic move, three European countries – Norway, Ireland and Spain – announced their plans to recognise a Palestinian state. The development irked Israel, which immediately recalled its envoys to the three countries.


Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store and Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday said that their nations would recognise Palestine as a state as of May 28. Ireland’s Prime Minister Simon Harris also made a similar announcement, though he did not specify the timing.

The move came as a blow to Israel, which has historically opposed the formation of a separate state of Palestine. The matter is of concern even today as Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas fight for control over the Gaza Strip. Several other countries have suggested "two-state solutions" to the problem.

Origin of the conflict: Recognition of Palestine state is a long-standing issue between Israel and the Palestinians. The conflict first occurred in British-ruled Palestine between Jews, who had migrated to the area, and Arabs.


What is Palestine? For the unversed, Palestine was historically made up of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank — referred to as the State of Palestine — and the country of Israel. Both of these territories, including East Jerusalem, were captured by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. Now, the Palestinians remain stateless, with most living under Israeli occupation or as refugees in neighbouring states.

The two-state solution: It envisages Israeli and Palestinian states alongside each other. In 1947, the United Nations proposed partitioning Palestine into two independent states, one Palestinian Arab and the other Jewish, with international rule over Jerusalem.

"One of the two envisaged states proclaimed its independence as Israel and in the 1948 war involving neighbouring Arab states expanded to 77 per cent of the territory of mandate Palestine, including the larger part of Jerusalem," the UN explained.


Israel-Hamas war: The war in Gaza is the latest trigger, which has prompted countries to demand diplomatic discussions and a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The war between Israel and Hamas broke out in the Gaza Strip on October 7 last year after Hamas launched surprise attacks in some parts of Israel.

The latest move by the three European countries is seen as an essential step towards a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said there cannot be peace in the Middle East if there is no recognition. "By recognising a Palestinian state, Norway supports the Arab peace plan," he was quoted by the Associated Press as saying. Meanwhile, Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said the move was intended to help move the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to resolution through a two-state solution.


Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez took note 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." He clarified that this recognition is not against the Israeli people. Sánchez argued that the move is needed to support the viability of a two-state solution that he said "is in serious danger" with the war in Gaza.

"It is an act in favour of peace, justice and moral consistency," Sánchez said. Harris said he thinks other countries will join Norway, Spain and Ireland in recognising a Palestinian state "in the weeks ahead".

While some consider this as a "symbolic action which has no real meaning", the recognition of the State of Palestine breaks with the long-held position of Western powers that a Palestinian state can only come as part of a negotiated peace with Israel.

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