Spain Reaffirms Plan to Recognize Palestinian State for Two-State Solution

Spain plans to recognize Palestine, boosting diplomatic efforts for a two-state solution. This move could encourage other European nations to follow suit, signaling a shift in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dynamics.

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Spain Reaffirms Plan to Recognize Palestinian State for Two-State Solution

Spain Reaffirms Plan to Recognize Palestinian State for Two-State Solution

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares has reaffirmed Spain's plan to recognize a Palestinian state in order to ensure an irreversible two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This comes after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez spoke with the newly appointed Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Mohamed Mustafa, and reiterated Spain's support and solidarity with the Palestinian people, as well as its commitment to the recognition of the State of Palestine.

Albares stated that Spain's recognition of Palestine would be an important step towards achieving a lasting peace in the region. He emphasized Spain's commitment to the principles of the United Nations Charter, which promote mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and the right to self-determination. Albares also reiterated Spain's support for diplomatic dialogue and an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, as well as increased access to humanitarian aid.

This move by Spain would align it with the 140 other UN member states that advocate for a two-state solution to the long-standing conflict. Prime Minister Sanchez emphasized that the realization of the two-state solution is the only way to achieve lasting peace and security in the region.

Why this matters: Spain's recognition of a Palestinian state would add significant diplomatic weight to the push for a two-state solution and could encourage other European nations to follow suit. It also signals a shift in the dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with more countries taking a stand in support of Palestinian statehood.

Spain's plan to recognize Palestine comes as Ireland's Foreign Minister Micheal Martin stated that Ireland is working with Jordan and the European Union to recognize the Palestinian state. Martin praised Jordan's efforts to resolve the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza and urged other countries to resume funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi stressed the importance of confronting Israel's attempts to undermine UNRWA, as withholding funds from the agency deprives thousands of Palestinians of their livelihoods. The ministers emphasized the need for a ceasefire, the release of hostages, increased humanitarian aid to Gaza, and the removal of obstacles to such aid in order to achieve a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

Albares defended the Spanish government's commitment to providing humanitarian aid in Gaza, including increased voluntary donations to UNRWA. He criticized opposition members for rejecting initiatives providing food and education for children, emphasizing the vital importance of such assistance. Albares also advocated for maintaining strong ties with neighboring countries, supporting Ukraine, and diplomatic efforts for global peace.

In discussions with Palestinian Prime Minister Mustafa, Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez reiterated Spain's commitment to recognizing the State of Palestine and providing humanitarian aid. Mustafa stressed the need to work with international parties to stop the Israeli occupation and establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Looking ahead, Prime Minister Sanchez plans to meet with several European Union counterparts to garner support for the recognition of a Palestinian state. Spain, Ireland, Malta, and Slovenia have announced they will jointly work toward this goal, which Israel has criticized as a "prize for terrorism." Sanchez expects Spain to extend recognition to the Palestinians by July 2024 and believes there will soon be a critical mass within the EU to push for the same, despite the EU historically having less influence on the conflict than the United States.

Key Takeaways

  • Spain plans to recognize Palestinian statehood to advance two-state solution.
  • Spain's move aims to add diplomatic weight to Palestinian statehood push.
  • Ireland also working with EU to recognize Palestine, urges UNRWA funding.
  • Spain defends providing humanitarian aid to Gaza, criticizes opposition.
  • Spain, Ireland, Malta, Slovenia to jointly work for EU recognition of Palestine.