Denmark will be one of the states that is prepared to recognise Palestinian
statehood if the opposition Social Democrats, Socialist People’s Party and
Social Liberals wins this year’s election, according to Berlingske.
“For years we have felt that the Palestinians have the right to a state, and
given that they are asking the international community to recognise it, we
will do so,” says Social Democratic Foreign Policy Spokesman Jeppe Kofod.
The Socialist People’s Party Foreign Policy Spokesman Holger Nielsen and
Social Liberal Leader Margrethe Vestager also support the policy.
The issue of recognition of a Palestinian state has become an international
hot potato following statements by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
that he will be asking the international community to recognise Palestine at
its General Assembly in September.
Israel has warned against recognition, a warning the United States and several
EU countries are expected to heed.
Foreign Minister Lene Espersen (Cons) is also against the idea.
“It is important that recognition also leads to real political progress and
doesn’t do more harm than good. We are not there yet. I do not want Denmark
to go it alone in such an important issue. We have to coordinate with the
European Union,” Espersen tells Berlingske.
Liberal Foreign Policy Spokesman Michael Astrup Jensen says the opposition is
‘playing with fire’ and the Danish People’s Party says the opposition is
‘pouring petrol on the Middle East flames’.