• Norway announced the formal recognition of an independent Palestinian state on Wednesday, seen as crucial for lasting peace in the Middle East. [yahoo.com, hosted.ap.org, khaleejtimes.com, jutarnji.hr, slobodna-bosna.ba, vecernji.ba, in-cyprus.philenews.com]
  • Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, and Malta are planning to formally recognize an independent Palestinian state, joining over 142 UN member states that have recognized Palestine’s sovereignty. [theguardian.com, irishtimes.com, albawaba.com, jutarnji.hr, slobodna-bosna.ba, vecernji.ba, 24sata.hr, in-cyprus.philenews.com, index.hr]
  • The recognition of a Palestinian state is linked to the positive impact it could have on the peace process, and Norway aims to contribute to peace efforts between Israel and Palestinians. [thenationalnews.com, yahoo.com, in-cyprus.philenews.com]
  • 139 out of 193 UN member states have recognized Palestinian statehood, and the recognition is seen as complementing peace efforts and supporting a two-state solution. [in-cyprus.philenews.com]
  • Israel’s foreign ministry warns against recognition, citing potential negative implications, while European public opinion is shifting in favor of recognizing Palestinian statehood. [in-cyprus.philenews.com, thenationalnews.com, nacional.hr]