Spain to recognize a Palestinian state run by PNA with East Jerusalem as capital

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Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday said Spain will recognize a Palestinian state including the Gaza strip and the West Bank, unified under the Palestinian National Authority with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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He said in a televised address it will not recognize any changes to Palestinian borders after 1967 unless all the parties agree on them. The Spanish government will formally approve the recognition later on Tuesday.

“Recognition of the State of Palestine is not only a matter of historic justice... Is it also an essential requirement if we are all to achieve peace,” Sanchez said before meeting his cabinet.

The move, he said, was “not against anyone, least of all Israel.”

“It is the only way to move toward the solution that we all recognize as the only possible way to achieve a peaceful future - that of a Palestinian state living side-by-side with the state of Israel in peace and security.”

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Sanchez also said the decision reflected Spain’s “outright rejection of Hamas, which is against the two-state solution” and whose October 7 attacks led to the Gaza war.

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