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The fact that more nations are recognising Palestine is a condemnation of Israel.

The fact that more nations are recognising Palestine is a condemnation of Israel.
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Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, will find it impossible to deny the significant shift in global opinion as Ireland, Norway, and Spain announce their intention to formally recognise the state of Palestine next week.

Just last month, the United States vetoed a resolution that was approved by 143 nations, including India, in the UN General Assembly advocating for the UN Security Council to recognise Palestine as a state.  The International Criminal Court Prosecutor moved applications earlier this week for arrest warrants for Mr. Netanyahu, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, and the Hamas leadership for actions after October 7 in Gaza and the terror attack that killed 1,200 people in Israel, referring to these as “war crimes.”

The International Court of Justice will issue a new ruling in response to South Africa’s case, which demanded more action against Israel in connection with its alleged “genocide,” on Friday. The most recent move by the three nations, which have been outspoken in their condemnation of Israel, to become the eighth EU member to acknowledge Palestinian statehood may not have a significant impact on the current state of affairs. However, it is intended to be what Irish Taoiseach Simon Harris called a “act of powerful political and symbolic value” to Israel, particularly in light of the possibility that it is the “final assault” on Rafah. Despite the fact that almost all nations have denounced Hamas’s terrorist acts, Mr. Harris asserted that it would be incorrect to disregard the West Bank’s legitimate Palestinian administration, stating that “Hamas is not the Palestinian people.”

The action is intended to support “moderate forces that are on a retreating front in a protracted and cruel conflict,” according to Norway’s prime minister, Jonas Gahr Støre. Following the refusal of port access to a Danish-agged ship carrying explosive material intended for Israel, Spain took action, claiming that this was now company policy. But Israel’s answer has been to bring in all three nations’ envoys and recall its own for a dressing down.

The various signals of near-global consensus are intended to pressure Israel’s leadership to reconsider its plans for Rafah, to halt further civilian casualties, and to grant unrestricted access to Gaza for humanitarian relief in the near future. Longer term, though, they are intended to serve as a reminder to Mr. Netanyahu that, despite his disassociation from the “two-state solution,” the world still views it as the path to peace. Mr. Netanyahu is simply deepening his isolation by ignoring these messages, particularly from the international community, which expressed full support for him on October 7 but has since been more and more appalled by the military campaign.

ABHISHEK VERMA


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