Israel Recalls Ireland, Norway, Spain Envoys Over Recognition of Palestinian State

The Israeli (right) and Spanish (left) flags flutter outside the building housing the offices of the Embassy of Spain in the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv on May 22, 2024. (Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

(Bloomberg News/TNS) — Israel recalled its ambassadors to Ireland, Norway and Spain after they announced they would recognize a Palestinian state.

“Israel will not be complacent against those who undermine its sovereignty and endanger its security,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on Wednesday in a statement. The countries are sending a message that “terrorism pays.”

Ireland, Norway and Spain plan to formally recognize a Palestinian state — comprising Gaza and the West Bank — on May 28.

Around 140 nations already recognize a Palestinian state, but very few in Europe have. Among them are Hungary and Sweden.

The U.S., Israel’s most important ally, backs a two-state solution, but says it can only come about through negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

France’s government said that while “recognition of a Palestinian state is not a taboo,” it does not yet think “conditions have been met for this decision to have a real impact.”

The decision by Ireland, Norway and Spain was praised by both the PA and Hamas, which nominally governs Gaza.

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