Norway, Ireland, and Spain Recognize Palestinian State, Prompting Israeli Response

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Norway, Ireland, and Spain Recognize Palestinian State, Prompting Israeli Response

Norway, Ireland, and Spain have stirred up diplomatic tensions by publicly recognizing the Palestinian state, a move that has divided opinions between Israel and Palestinians. The announcement led to Israel recalling its ambassadors from Norway and Ireland as a sign of protest against the recognition.

The Norwegian Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Store, highlighted the symbolic importance of acknowledging a Palestinian state for fostering peace in the Middle East. Store emphasized Norway's commitment to a two-state solution by announcing the formal recognition scheduled for May 28, aligning with the Arab peace plan and underscoring the country's dedication to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Norway's reputation for advocating peaceful resolutions to the conflict was evident in its statement extending to Palestine all the rights and obligations of an independent state. This recognition by Norway of Palestine's progress towards nationhood since the Oslo Agreement of 1993 reflects a belief in the viability of a two-state solution and the establishment of crucial national institutions for statehood. The decision comes during heightened tensions in Gaza, showcasing a push for a lasting peace agreement.