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145 nations now recognize Palestinian state as Norway, Spain, and Ireland join

Norway, Spain, and Ireland officially recognized the state of Palestine, raising the number of UN member states acknowledging Palestinian statehood to 145. This coordinated effort aims to increase international pressure on Israel and marks a significant shift in Western European diplomacy.

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145 Nations now recognize Palestinian state as Norway, Spain, and Ireland join
(left to right; Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez/Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide/Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris)

Norway, Spain, and Ireland officially recognized the state of Palestine on Tuesday (28 May), marking a significant shift from the long-held Western stance that Palestinian statehood should only be achieved through a negotiated peace agreement with Israel.

This coordinated effort by the three Western European nations aims to increase international pressure on Israel following last year’s Hamas-led attack.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, in a televised address from Madrid, described the decision as “historic,” emphasizing that its primary goal is to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace.

Israel condemned the diplomatic move, with Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz accusing Sánchez’s government on social media platform X of being “complicit in inciting genocide against Jews and war crimes.”

Despite the criticism, the recognition by Spain, Norway, and Ireland will not have an immediate impact on the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

This latest recognition brings the number of United Nations member states acknowledging a Palestinian state to 145 out of 193.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people in a statement to lawmakers following his Cabinet’s formal approval of the decision.

The Palestinian flag was raised outside Leinster House, Ireland’s parliament, symbolizing the country’s support.

Harris emphasized the urgency of taking a stand, stating, “It is no longer enough just to condemn. It is no longer enough just to be repulsed. We must be on the right side of history.”

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide echoed this sentiment, declaring the recognition of Palestine as a milestone in Norway-Palestine relations.

Eide highlighted Norway’s long-standing advocacy for a Palestinian state, calling the recognition a significant step in their 30-year support.

Malta and Slovenia have expressed their “readiness” to recognize a Palestinian state when “the circumstances are right,” signalling a potential shift in European support for Palestinian statehood.

Additionally, French President Emmanuel Macron has stated that Palestinian statehood is no longer “a taboo for France,” though he emphasized that it must be addressed at the “right moment.”

In 2014, Sweden became the first major Western European nation to recognize Palestinian statehood.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström explained that the decision was based on adherence to international law, stating that Palestine “met the criteria of international law.”

On 11 May 2024, 143 out of 193 United Nations General Assembly members voted in favour of a resolution to recognize Palestinian statehood.

Although Palestine currently holds non-member observer status, full UN membership can only be granted by the UN Security Council.

In April, the United States, a permanent member with veto power, blocked a draft resolution that would have recommended granting Palestine full membership.

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Support Hamas means you are supporting terrorism.

Last edited 12 days ago by john lim

Once Palestinian is granted a state, will they will claim their rights to build tunnels, militarized hospitals and weapons ? Will they attack Israel again? Any assurance from the nations? What do you think?

Does Singapore welcome Palestine as a state?

Dont forget we are trained under Israel.

Israel do no need terrorists to stay with them .

You can have them.

Unfortunately Singapore isn’t among them (those countries who recognise the Palestinian state). There are only about 193 states in the UN, so a MAJORITY of states ALREADY recognise Palestine. Perhaps Vivian would like to explain WHY and maybe maybe … redeem himself and the 4G govt.

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