Ireland, Others Recognize Palestinian State

Israeli and Palestinian flags | Image by Augustino/Shutterstock
Israeli and Palestinian flags | Image by Augustino/Shutterstock

According to a report from Politico, several countries are moving forward with plans to recognize a Palestinian state despite objections from Israel:

“DUBLIN — Ireland, Spain, and Norway on Wednesday said they would officially recognize Palestine as a state from next week, in a diplomatic move that triggered fury in Israel.

“In Dublin, Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said Palestine deserved the same right to be recognized as a sovereign state that Ireland received after fighting a war of independence from Britain more than a century ago.

“But he stressed that Ireland hoped to see resumed diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank — and did not want to throw a diplomatic lifeline to Hamas.

“Regardless, Israel announced Wednesday morning that it was recalling its ambassadors from Ireland and Norway with ‘immediate’ effect, in protest at the decisions.

“’Today’s decision sends a message to the Palestinians and the world: Terrorism pays,” said Israel Katz, Israel’s foreign minister. ‘After the Hamas terror organization carried out the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, after committing heinous sexual crimes witnessed by the world, these countries chose to reward Hamas and Iran by recognizing a Palestinian state.'”

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