Spain, Norway formally recognize Palestinian statehood; Ireland to follow suit

Spain has formally recognized a Palestinian state, in a decision approved by its cabinet in parallel with similar moves by Ireland and Norway.

Spanish government spokeswoman Pilar Alegria says the cabinet has “adopted an important decision to recognize a Palestinian state,” which has “one objective: to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace.”

Norway’s recognition has also officially gone into effect, with the country’s foreign minister Espen Barth Eide hailing the move as “a special day for Norway-Palestine relations.”

Ireland is expected to follow suit later today.

Last week’s joint announcement by Spain, Ireland and Norway that they intended to recognize Palestinian statehood triggered an angry response from Israel, which summoned the countries’ ambassadors in Tel Aviv to the Foreign Ministry, where they were shown new footage of the October 7 Hamas attack and abductions.

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