Ireland set to recognise Palestinian state on Wednesday despite Israeli warning

Ireland Set To Recognise Palestinian State On Wednesday Despite Israeli Warning
Irish and Spanish officials have been in discussions with other European countries about making a joint recognition. Photo: PA Images
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Cillian Sherlock, PA

Updated: 7.20am

Ireland is to move on recognising Palestinian statehood on Wednesday morning, it is understood.


According to reports, Ireland will also be joined in the decision by Spain and Norway.

The Coalition leaders are scheduled to hold a press conference at 8am after signalling it would recognise the state of Palestine by the end of the month.

Taoiseach Simon Harris, Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan will speak to the media amid warnings from Israel that recognition will “fuel extremism and instability”.

Irish and Spanish officials have been in discussions with other European countries about making a joint recognition of the state of Palestine.


Micheal Martin and Simon Harris
Micheál Martin and Simon Harris (Maxwell Photography/PA)

The Coalition leaders briefed Cabinet ministers on the latest stage of negotiations on Tuesday.

Mr Harris and Mr Martin have been involved in co-ordination with other European leaders about the announcement.


Recognising Palestinian statehood has been a cornerstone of foreign policy as part of the Government’s belief in a two-state solution.

Meanwhile, in an online video targeted at Ireland, Israel’s Foreign Ministry warned that recognising a Palestinian state “will lead to more terrorism” and “jeopardise any prospects for peace”.

The narrator says: “Ireland, the possibility of recognising a Palestinian state risks turning you into a pawn in the hands of Iran and Hamas.



“Such a move will only strengthen Hamas and weaken an already dysfunctional Palestinian authority.

“The fact that Hamas leaders are thanking you should serve as a wake-up call.

“Your actions will only fuel extremism and instability.

“Progress can only be achieved through direct negotiations within a wider regional context.

“Don’t be pawns in the hands of Hamas. Say no to recognition.”

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