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Israel warns 4 European countries against Palestinian statehood recognition

Israel told four European countries on Monday that their plan to take steps towards recognizing a Palestinian state constitutes a “prize for terrorism”.

On Friday Spain joined Ireland, Malta, and Slovenia in agreeing to take the first steps toward recognizing statehood declared by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

 “Recognition of a Palestinian state following the 7 October massacre send a message to Hamas and the other Palestinian terrorist organizations that murderous terror attacks on Israelis will be reciprocated with political gestures to the Palestinians,” Israeli Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, said on X.

Katz continued, “A resolution of the conflict will only be possible through direct negotiations between the parties. Any engagement in the recognition of a Palestinian State only distances reaching a resolution and increases regional instability.”

Katz did not specify what a negotiated solution would look like.

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