Spain’s PM says Madrid will recognize Palestinian state in Gaza, West Bank with East Jerusalem as its capital

MADRID – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says Madrid will recognize a Palestinian state including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, unified under the Palestinian Authority with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In a televised address, he says Spain will not recognize any changes to Palestinian borders after 1967 unless all the parties agree on them.

“This is a historic decision that has one goal: to contribute to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” he says.

The Spanish government will formally approve the recognition later today.

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