GAZA,(PIC)– The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, on Thursday welcomed a decision by the Swedish government to recognize the Palestinian state, describing the decision as an “important political development.”
Hamas said in a statement that the Swedish recognition of the Palestinian state was the fruit of the struggle of the Palestinian people against the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.
The movement called on other countries to follow in the footsteps of Sweden, isolate the Israeli occupation, and bring its leaders to court against the background of the war crimes they committed against the Palestinian people as well as against Islamic and Christian holy sites in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Sweden became the first major Western country to recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday, triggering a sharp retort from the Israeli occupation.
Foreign Minister Margot Wallström issued a statement saying the Swedish government opted for the decision during a meeting on Wednesday.
The move had been motivated by an attempt to restore Palestinians’ right to self-rule, regardless of their lack of control over their entire land, she added.