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Spain Officially Recognizes Palestinian State With East Jerusalem As Capital

Spain has officially recognized a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stated that this recognition is a historic step paving the way to achieve peace and two-state solution.

Sánchez stressed Spain’s stance, stating, “Spain will not recognize the changes to the borders established in 1967 unless they are accepted by all parties.”

During an official press conference, Sánchez added: “Spain will join more than 140 countries that already recognize the State of Palestine.”

This monumental decision aligns Spain with Ireland and Norway, who are set to recognize a Palestinian state under the same terms.

Spain’s diplomatic move comes after Israel’s airstrike on a camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah that killed at least 45 people and wounded 200 others.

The incident has sparked international condemnations as it came days after the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to immediately halt its military operations in Rafah.

Consequently, several humanitarian organizations have called on the UN Security Council to enforce the court’s orders.

In response to Spain’s recognition, Israel has imposed sanctions on the Spanish consulate in Jerusalem. The sanctions prevent the consulate from providing services to Palestinians residing in the city.

However, Sánchez confirmed: “The State of Palestine must be viable with the West Bank and Gaza Strip connected by a corridor and with East Jerusalem as its capital and must be unified under the legitimate government of the Palestine National Authority.”

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