Spain may recognize a Palestinian state

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Alvarez confirmed on Wednesday that Madrid will recognize the state of Palestine by July.

"We need a real Palestinian state," Albares said at a press conference in Brussels. "The Palestinian people should not be condemned to the eternal state of refugees," he added. Spain's parliament passed a non-binding resolution in 2014 to recognize Palestinian statehood. Still, center-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his successor, Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez, have insisted that formal recognition should only happen in conjunction with the rest of the European Union. : In 1994, the Spanish Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the independence of Palestine, and it was adopted in 1995.