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States In The EU Announce Official Recognition Of Palestinian State 

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez made a formal announcement recently stating that “the establishment of a Palestinian state is the only route to peace.” The statement was made as a part of Spain, Norway, and Ireland formally recognizing Palestine as a state. 

Sanchez spoke this week before a cabinet vote that approved their already announced plan to recognize a Palestinian state. 

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“[The cabinet has] adopted an important decision to recognize a Palestinian state [with] one objective: to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace,” said Pilar Alegria, a spokesperson for the Spanish government. 

Prime Minister Sanchez said this declaration was “a matter of historical justice”.

“The only route towards establishing peace is the establishment of a Palestinian state, living side by side with the state of Israel. The state of Palestine must be viable with the West Bank and Gaza connected by a corridor and with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Madrid stated they will not recognize any shifts to borders that existed before 1967 when the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip became a part of Israel’s territory in the Arab-Israeli War.

According to reports, leaders in Spain, Ireland, Malta, and Slovenia stated back in March that they were considering recognizing Palestine as a state as a means of ending the war in Gaza. 

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“For more than 30 years, Norway has been one of the strongest advocates for a Palestinian state. Today, when Norway officially recognises Palestine as a state, is a milestone in the relationship between Norway and Palestine,” Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said in a statement

Ireland’s cabinet approved of the formal recognition in what they say is “an important moment and I think it sends a signal to the world that there are practical actions you can take as a country to help keep the hope and destination of a two-state solution alive at a time when others are trying to sadly bomb it into oblivion,” Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said.

In total, Palestine has been officially recognised by 144 other countries. Of the EU, Sweden, Cyprus, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria have recognised a Palestinian state.

The United Kingdom and Australia have said they are considering recognition, France has said now is not the time while Germany joined Israel’s staunchest ally, the United States, in rejecting a unilateral approach, insisting that a two-state solution can be achieved only through dialogue.