Analysis | Why Spain will recognize a Palestinian state

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On the ground, there is little sign of a viable Palestinian state. The territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem — the latter of which is imagined as the seat of a future Palestinian capital — remain under de facto Israeli military occupation, carved up by the security imperatives of the Israeli state and the segregated demands of an ever-expanding cohort of Jewish settlers. The territory of Gaza is a blighted, rubble-strewn war zone, the grave of more than 34,900 Palestinians killed by Israel’s ongoing offensive against militant group Hamas.

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