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Norway, Ireland and Spain recognize Palestinian State

OSLO, Norway — Norway, Ireland, and Spain recognized a Palestinian state on Wednesday. The historic move drew condemnation from Israel and jubilation from the Palestinians.

Israel recalled its ambassadors from Norway and Ireland in response.

The announcements came in rapid succession, starting with Norway. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre stated, “There cannot be peace in the Middle East without recognition.” He confirmed that Norway will officially recognize a Palestinian state as of May 28. “By recognizing a Palestinian state, Norway supports the Arab peace plan,” he said.

In recent weeks, several European Union countries have indicated plans to recognize Palestine, arguing that a two-state solution is essential for lasting peace in the region. Although Norway is not an EU member, it often aligns with EU policies and has been a strong advocate for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The terror has been committed by Hamas and militant groups who oppose a two-state solution and the state of Israel,” Gahr Støre said. “Palestine has a fundamental right to an independent state.”