'Josep Borrell, Spain's foreign minister, addressed the EU at a conference of European Union leaders in Austria Tuesday pushing for the union to recognize independent Palestine.
Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell said Thursday that the Spanish government will promote a motion in the European Parliament to recognize Palestine as an independent state. If the move fails, the Pedro Sánchez-led government will consider a Spain-only recognition.
Left-wing parties in Spain are reportedly pressuring Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez to recognize the Palestinian state; however, opponents claim that if the country takes that step, Israel could recognize independent Catalonia in retaliation.
In 2017, the Spanish government in Madrid headed by Former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged Israel to officially announce that they would not recognize Catalonia as independent, but Israel did not take side with either party.
Despite this warning from opponents, Borrell said that he will launch an “intensive” consultation process with his counterparts in Europe to set a timetable for achieving a common position on the issue.
According to the Palestinian Authority, 139 countries recognize Palestine as an independent state. The European Union has disagreements over a unilateral move of this kind. The EU official position supports a two-state solution, the details of which will be achieved through negotiations between the sides.
A delegation from the European Parliament tried to enter Gaza Strip to learn more about the humanitarian situation in the territory but were banned from entering by Israel Wednesday. Israel has repeatedly denied the delegation access to visit the Strip since 2011 and the Palestinian parliament has condemned the ban.'
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