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“Reward for terrorism”: Netanyahu criticized recognition of the State of Palestine by three countries

“Reward for terrorism.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Wednesday the decision of three European countries to recognize the State of Palestine – a choice that “will not bring peace.”

“We cannot give this evil a state,” the Israeli leader said, “it will be a terrorist state, it will try again and again to commit the October 7 massacre, and we will not accept that.” “Rewarding terrorism will not bring peace,” Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video released by his office.

Norway, Ireland and Spain announced on Wednesday that they would recognize the existence of a Palestinian state. Israel immediately announced the recall of its ambassadors to the three countries “for consultations.” Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, in turn, visited the Esplanade of Mosques in East Jerusalem, occupied and annexed by Israel. “The countries that today recognized the Palestinian state are rewarding murderers and aggressors,” he said in a video posted on X and filmed from the Esplanade of Mosques, the Temple Mount for Jews, which he visited for the first time since October 7.

For its part, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas welcomed the “important step,” while many Arab countries welcomed the initiative, which underscores, according to Riyadh, “the international consensus on the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.”

videoSpain, Norway and Ireland recognize the existence of a Palestinian state

Madrid, Dublin and Oslo are now hoping other European countries will join them. In March in Brussels, the leaders of Slovenia and Malta signed a joint communiqué with their Spanish and Irish counterparts, in which the four countries expressed their desire to recognize such a state. French Foreign Minister Stephane Séjournet, for his part, believed that recognition of a Palestinian state “is not a taboo for France” but that the conditions have not been met “to date for this decision to have a real impact” on the process. aims to solve the two-state problem.

Source: Le Parisien

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