Israel: 'Serious consequences' for the three European countries that announced the recognition of Palestine

During today's meeting, Blitzstein reprimanded the ambassadors for "the perverse decision of their governments to recognize the state of Palestine," the Israeli ministry said in a statement.

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The Israeli Foreign Ministry warned today the ambassadors of Ireland, Spain and Norway that the recognition of Palestine by their countries will have "serious consequences".

"There will be serious consequences for relations with those countries after their decision," said Jakob Blitstan, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement released after a meeting with the ambassadors of the three countries.

These criticisms were conveyed to the ambassadors, a day after their countries announced that they would recognize the state of Palestine by May 28.

During the meeting, the ambassadors were shown a video showing members of the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas kidnapping five Israeli soldiers during the October 7 attack in southern Israel.

The three-minute-long video was also broadcast by the media on Wednesday, showing girls sitting on the ground, some with blood on their faces, with their hands tied, at the Nahal Oz base in southern Israel.

The video was compiled from two hours of footage captured by a body camera worn by Hamas fighters on the day of the attack, according to a statement from the Families Forum, an Israeli hostage association, attached to the video.

During today's meeting, Blitzstein reprimanded the ambassadors for "the perverse decision of their governments to recognize the state of Palestine," the Israeli ministry said in a statement.

He said the recognition made it difficult to reach an agreement on the release of hostages who have been held in Gaza since the October 7 attack by Hamas.

The coordinated announcements by the three governments came days after International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan requested an arrest warrant for the Israeli prime minister and his defense minister, as well as three Hamas leaders, for alleged crimes committed in the Gaza Strip and in Israel.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who has toured several countries to drum up support for Palestinian recognition, said the decision would strengthen efforts to resolve the conflict in the Middle East.

Israel reacted strongly and immediately invited its ambassadors of those three countries for talks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed today that the joint announcement of those European countries represents a "reward for terrorism" and added that a sovereign Palestinian state would be a "terrorist state".

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