Ireland, Spain And Norway Recognize Palestine As A State

Followers of the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic movement wave a Palestinian flag while chanting anti-Israel slogans in front of the Israeli Embassy, as the crowd celebrates news of the capture of an Israeli soldier in Gaza by Hamas, in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, July 20, 2014. The claim could not immediately be verified and the Israeli military said it was investigating the report. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

Ireland, Spain, and Norway announced their recognition of Palestine as a state on Wednesday morning, a move that will likely only take full effect on May 28.

“Recognition is an act of powerful political and symbolic value,” Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said at a special news conference in Dublin.

“It is an expression of our view that Palestine holds and should be able to vindicate the full rights of the state, including self-determination, self-governance, territorial integrity, and security, as well as recognizing Palestine’s obligations under international law,” he stressed.

The Palestinian Authority welcomed the move, while Israel recalled its Irish, Spanish, and Norwegian envoys and summoned the ambassadors stationed in Israel to the Foreign Ministry for a severe reprimand.

The coordinated announcements by Ireland and Spain, two EU countries, as well as by Norway, were spurred by the Gaza war and the decade-long frozen peace process.

Israel has argued that such a step, in the aftermath of the Hamas-led October 7 invasion of its country, in which over 1,200 people were killed and 252 seized as hostages, was a reward for terror.

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