Spain, Norway, and Ireland recognize independent Palestinian state amid escalating tensions

As the war in Gaza continues, Spain, Norway, and Ireland announced their official recognition of an independent Palestinian state based on the Palestinian Authority. This move was welcomed by Palestinians and met with significant anger from Israel.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre stated that Norway will officially recognize Palestine as an independent state on Wednesday. He emphasized that this recognition supports moderate forces whose influence is waning amid the ongoing conflict.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris expressed his expectation that other countries would soon follow in recognizing the State of Palestine. He described the day as historic and significant for both Ireland and Palestine. Similarly, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that his government will recognize an independent Palestinian state on 28 May.

In a related development, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Eide declared that Norway is obligated to arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he visits, if the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants are accepted by its judicial panel.

In response to these actions, Israel recalled its ambassadors from Dublin and Oslo for emergency consultations. Israeli officials dismissed Norway’s efforts to arrest Netanyahu as ineffective.