Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that Spain will recognize the state of Palestine by July and expressed hopes that other Western nations will follow suit, as reported by the Financial Times on April 2.

“We have to seriously consider doing this in the first half of this year,” Sanchez said.

The prime minister criticized Israel’s ongoing military campaign to bomb and starve Palestinians in Gaza. He announced the plan on Tuesday when he began a trip to Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Ireland and Malta also plan to support unilateral recognition of Palestine, while European Union members Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria have already recognized Palestine.

On the other hand, European powers Germany, France and the United Kingdom have no plans to do so before an agreement for a two-state solution is reached with Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many other Israeli leaders have vowed never to agree to a Palestinian state and wish to continue the illegal military occupation of the West Bank and now Gaza indefinitely.

In 1993, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) signed the Oslo Accords, which were presented as a step towards the establishment of a Palestinian state. However, Israel delayed all final status negotiations and accelerated the construction of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

As the number of Jewish settlers living on occupied Palestinian land increased, it became more politically difficult, both internally in Israel and internationally, to demand their removal.

Spain sees the recognition of Palestine as an important step towards this two-state solution.

A Spanish government official, speaking to the Financial Times, said Madrid expects the US and other Western powers to recognize Palestine as a full member of the UN this month.

The Spanish official added that Madrid wants to see the Palestinian Authority (PA) govern the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Spain says Hamas should have no role in governing Gaza after the war.

Fontes: Financial Times e The Cradle


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