Norway, Ireland and Spain – the Hat Trick for Recognition of Palestinian Statehood


ER: ‘We’re saving Israel for last’. A little dig for those sceptics who think things are just naturally occurring. Trump is still Commander in Chief.

As the second RT piece notes below, eight minor league EU countries (no offence intended) recognized Palestine back in the 80s, with Sweden joining them in 2014. This is suddenly being ramped up, within the space of a few days literally, by Norway, Ireland and Spain. Not inconsequential. This makes 12 EU states to have done so. Notice in the reports below Israel’s typical hysterical reaction and how Spain instantly responded to that. Red rag to a bull.

And this from just two days ago —

ICC May Issue Arrest Warrants for Israel’s Netanyahu, Gallant This Week, Reports Say

Some tweets —

Worth perusing in full —

And is Germany warming up?

RT: Germany would abide by Netanyahu arrest warrant

France isn’t ready for Palestinian statehood yet —

Not the right time to recognize Palestine – France


Ireland confirms imminent recognition of Palestine

Three European nations are moving forward on the issue of statehood, drawing anger from Israel


Ireland will formally recognize Palestine as a state, Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Simon Harris has confirmed. He was commenting on reports that his country will join Norway and Spain in taking the step.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Norwegian government announced that it will recognize Palestinian statehood, making Oslo the tenth European capital to do so. (ER: see below this article)

Ireland confirms imminent recognition of Palestine

Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanches told the lower chamber of the national parliament on Wednesday that Madrid will provide formal recognition of Palestine next week.

Harris said the three countries are coordinating the policy changes in what he described as “an historic and important day for Ireland and for Palestine.” He expressed hope that the decisions will help push the Arab-Israeli conflict towards a resolution through a two-state solution.

West Jerusalem has reacted to the developments in Europe by recalling its ambassadors from Ireland and Norway. Foreign Minister Israel Katz claimed that recognition of Palestinian statehood amounts to rewarding terrorism, and declared that the Jewish state “will not remain silent in the face of those undermining its sovereignty and endangering its security.”

The top diplomat added that “the Irish-Norwegian folly does not deter us,” and warned of “further severe consequences,” including for Spain, if it follows through on its pledge.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly vowed to prevent Palestinian statehood. Israel is in de facto control of large swaths of lands predominantly inhabited by Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority, which is internationally recognized as representing the interests of the Palestinian people, has some say on what happens in the West Bank. Gaza, a separate Palestinian enclave, has long been controlled by Hamas, a rival militant group (ER: set up and funded by Israel!). Hamas orchestrated a deadly raid into southern Israel last October, triggering a large-scale Israeli military retaliation which has yet to be concluded.

Critics of the Netanyahu government say it does not appear to have a plan for Gaza after it achieves its stated goal of eliminating Hamas. The Jewish state is increasingly being accused of trying to ethnically cleanse the blockaded territory.

The initial Hamas raid resulted in some 1,200 deaths in Israel and dozens of hostages being taken back to Gaza. The death toll in the enclave as a result of the Israeli response is estimated to have surpassed 35,000, according to local health officials.



Norway recognizes Palestinian state

The two-state solution is the only way to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Oslo has said


Norway has officially recognized Palestine as a state, the Nordic country’s government has said. The decision comes into force on May 28, it added.

Norway is the tenth European nation to recognize Palestinian statehood. Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia did so in 1988, with Sweden joining them in 2014.

Norway recognizes Palestinian state

“The Norwegian government has decided that Norway will recognize Palestine as a state,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said, as cited in a statement on the government’s official website.

Oslo is making the move amid the conflict in Gaza, in which “tens of thousands [are] killed and injured,” Store stressed. The aim is to “keep alive the only alternative that offers a political solution for Israelis and Palestinians alike: Two states, living side by side, in peace and security,” he said.

Shortly after the announcement by Norway, Ireland also said it is recognizing Palestinian statehood.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz responded to the developments by recalling the country’s ambassadors from Ireland and Norway for immediate consultations. The same will happen to the ambassador in Spain if Madrid makes a similar move, he added.

“I am sending an unequivocal message to Ireland and Norway – Israel will not let this go quietly,” Katz said in a statement.

By recognizing the state of Palestine, Oslo and Dublin “intend to send a message to the Palestinians and the entire world – terror pays,” he said, claiming that they are “giving a prize to Hamas and Iran.”

This “parade of stupidity” by EU nations will not deter Israel from achieving its goal of “toppling Hamas” in Gaza, Katz stressed.

Spain announced that it is recognizing Palestinian statehood several minutes after the statement by the Israeli foreign minister. (ER: Subtle, eh?)

By recognizing Palestine, Norway is “supporting the moderate forces which have been losing ground in this protracted and brutal conflict,” Store said. Oslo is also sending a “strong message” to other nations to follow its example, as this could eventually make it possible to resume the movement towards a two-state solution, he added.

“There will be no peace in the Middle East without a two-state solution. There can be no two-state solution without a Palestinian state. In other words, a Palestinian state is a prerequisite for achieving peace in the Middle East,” the prime minister explained.

The move by Norway, Ireland and Spain comes just days after the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, applied for warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant as well as three top officials from Palestinian armed group Hamas on accusations of committing “war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

On Tuesday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that the bloc’s members will be legally forced to arrest Netanyahu if he arrives on their territory. “All States that have ratified the ICC statutes are bound to execute the Court’s decisions,” Borrell explained.

At least, 35,562 people have been killed and 79,652 others wounded in the Israeli airstrikes and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to the latest data from the Palestinian enclave’s health ministry. Israel launched its military operation in Gaza in response to the October 7 cross-border incursion by Hamas, in which at least 1,200 people were killed and 250 taken hostage.



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