Ireland, Norway, Spain to Recognize Palestine as a State

Ireland, Norway, and Spain have declared that they will recognize a Palestinian state.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said, “Today’s decision to recognize Palestine is taken to help create a peaceful future.”

“Just as Ireland’s recognition as a state eventually led to the establishment of our now peaceful Republic, we believe that Palestinian statehood will contribute to peace and to reconciliation in the Middle East,” he shared in a video statement.

“Today, moving in lockstep with other European colleagues, we seek to be bearers of hope.”

According to the Associated Press, more than two-thirds of the United Nations recognize a Palestinian state.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote in a statement on X, “The intention of several European countries to recognize a Palestinian state is a reward for terrorism.”

“80% of the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria support the terrible massacre of October 7,” he wrote, noting, “This evil cannot be given a state.”

He described that Palestine would be a “terrorist state.”

“It will try to repeat the massacre of October 7 again and again; we will not consent to this,” Netanyahu continued. “Rewarding terrorism will not bring peace and neither will it stop us from defeating Hamas.”