Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called Israel’s “disproportionate response” in its war on Gaza a regional and global threat and says the recognition of a Palestinian state is in Europe’s geopolitical interests.

Iran Press/ Europe: “The international community cannot help the Palestinian state if it does not recognize its existence,” he told members of parliament on Wednesday, adding that such a move was “just” and “what’s demanded by the social majority”, Aljazeera news agency reported.

Sanchez has long pushed for the European Union to recognize Palestine, long resisted by the Israeli government and its main allies.

Late last month, he signed a joint statement with his Irish, Maltese, and Slovenian counterparts announcing they were ready “to recognize Palestine” if that could help bring about a resolution to more than six months of war in Gaza, during which Israeli attacks have killed at least 33,360 people, according to Palestinian health officials.

Sanchez is due to meet several other leaders, including those of Norway and Portugal, in the coming days to discuss the issue, Spanish government spokeswoman Pilar Alegria said on Tuesday.


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