Israel threatened Ireland, Spain and Norway: The consequences will be severe

photo: EPA/EFE

Israel's foreign ministry warned the ambassadors of Ireland, Spain and Norway that their recognition of a Palestinian state would have "severe consequences".

The three countries' ambassadors were invited to the talks a day after they announced they would recognize Palestine on May 28.

At the meeting, the ambassadors were shown a video of the kidnapping of five female soldiers during the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel on October 7.

In the roughly three-minute video, which was released by world media on Wednesday, young women sit on the floor with bloodied faces and bound hands at the Nahal Oz base in southern Israel.

It added that this recognition would make it more difficult to negotiate a deal to release hostages held in Gaza by Hamas militants.

The coordinated decision by Oslo, Dublin and Madrid came days after the International Criminal Court's war crimes prosecutor simultaneously asked judges to approve arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Galant and three Hamas leaders.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who has visited several countries to drum up support for Palestinian recognition, said the decision would boost efforts to reach a two-state solution.

Israel reacted fiercely, immediately withdrawing its ambassadors from those three countries "for consultations".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that the joint statement by European countries was a "reward to terrorism", adding that a sovereign Palestinian state would be a "terrorist state".

New footage from the October 7 attack shows female soldiers surrounded by armed men at a military base in southern Israel.

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