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European countries move towards recognition of the Palestinian state

Mairenis Gomez

May 7, 2024 | 4:00 p.m.

Spain, Ireland and Belgium united for the recognition of Palestine and full rights in the UN

Several European countries are committed to promoting the recognition of the Palestinian State in the face of the massacre that Benjamin Netanyahu has unleashed in Gaza. With the Israeli army ordering the evacuation of Rafah, the last Palestinian stronghold in the region, Pedro Sánchez and his Irish counterpart, Simon Harris, reaffirm their commitment to recognizing Palestine in the short term. The two state solution is the commitment of the European Union to resolve the conflict in a sustainable way.

The call between the leaders coincided with the evacuation order in Rafah, a decision that raises concerns about the humanitarian impact in an area with more than a million refugees. Sánchez has maintained a cautious tone in his statements in X, ensuring that the formal recognition of Palestine requires European coordination and seeks a two-state solution that guarantees peace and stability.

Belgium intensifies diplomatic pressure towards Israel

The Spanish and Irish commitment joins Belgium, which increases diplomatic pressure by requesting full rights for Palestine at the UN. The Belgian Foreign Minister, Hadja Lahbib, is willing to defend the recognition of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations, a position that 139 of the organization's 193 countries already support.

Although the Belgian proposal is more limited than that of Madrid and Dublin, Alexander de Croo's government advocates bilateral sanctions against Israel for the massacre in Gaza. Arguing that it is not sustainable to keep Israel as a trading partner, De Croo stresses the importance of reviewing the trade agreement with Israel to identify human rights violations.

Spain and Ireland lead the initiative to recognize the Palestinian State in Europe

Dialogue between Spain and the United States on the situation in Gaza

José Manuel Albares, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will travel to Washington to talk with Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States, about the war in Ukraine and the conflict in Gaza. It emphasizes that the Spanish government defends the same principles in both conflicts, seeking a just peace within the framework of the United Nations Charter.

Furthermore, the initiative of European countries send a clear message to Tel Aviv and Washington on the importance of finding a just solution for Palestine, based on the recognition of its state and the application of trade sanctions in case of human rights violations. With this diplomatic approach, Europe seeks to strengthen pressure on Israel to end the conflict and achieve a sustainable resolution for the region.

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