Israel recalls ambassadors to Norway, Ireland, Spain after the European nations recognise Palestine as a ‘state’

Norway, Ireland, and Spain formally recognise Palestine as a state, triggering condemnation from Israel. The decision is a historic step towards resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution. Israel recalls its envoys from these countries in protest.

Written By Fareha Naaz
Updated22 May 2024
Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store addressing a press conference in Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday, where he said that the country is formally recognizing Palestine as a state.
Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store addressing a press conference in Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday, where he said that the country is formally recognizing Palestine as a state.(AP)

Three European countries, Norway, Ireland and Spain, announced on Wednesday that they are recognising Palestine as a state, in a historic move that has met with condemnation from Israel and celebrations among Palestinians, newswire AP reported. The three countries said they would formally recognise Palestine as a state on May 28.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, recalled Israel’s ambassadors to Norway, Ireland and Spain in protest at the three governments' recognition of a Palestinian state, reported AP. “The twisted step of these countries is an injustice to the memory of the 7/10 victims,” he said in a statement.

During the press conference in Oslo on Wednesday, Norway's Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Store, announcing that they formally recognise a Palestinian state, said, “There cannot be peace in the Middle East if there is no recognition,” newswire AP reported.

The Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said the move was coordinated with Spain and Norway and that it was a “historic and important day for Ireland and for Palestine.” He noted that the recognition was intended to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced this to the nation’s parliament on Wednesday. “We know that this initiative won’t bring back the past and the lives lost in Palestine, but we believe that it will give the Palestinians two things that are very important for their present and their future: dignity and hope,” Sánchez said.

The coordinated decision from the two European Union countries and Norway brings the number of countries that recognise a Palestinian state to at least 141. Several other European Union countries have also signalled that they plan to recognise Palestine, deepening Israel’s isolation. Malta and Slovenia, which also belong to the 27-nation European Union, may follow suit, as reported by AP.

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The Norwegian Prime Minister said, “The terror has been committed by Hamas and militant groups who are not supporters of a two-state solution and the state of Israel, while adding, “Palestine has a fundamental right to an independent state.” 

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Norway's announcement comes almost 30 years after Israel and Palestine signed the first Oslo agreement in 1993. The Oslo Accords were a series of agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) aimed at initiating a peace process for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by negotiating a mutually agreed-upon two-state solution.

Also read: ‘To arrive at a lasting solution…’: India condemns humanitarian crisis in Gaza amid Israel-Hamas war

This month, hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes following large-scale assaults by Israeli forces on the northern and southern borders of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military has continuously restricted the flow of aid, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the region and increasing the risk of famine. 

AP reported that there is growing diplomatic pressure on Israel as the battle with Hamas stretches into its eighth month. On May 11, the UN General Assembly voted by a significant margin to grant new “rights and privileges” to Palestine, indicating growing international support for a vote on full voting membership.

(With inputs from AP)

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