Israel is pulling its ambassadors from Ireland, Norway and Spain after the three countries declared they will officially recognise a Palestinian state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed the decision as a “reward for terrorism”.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has been quoted by the Financial Times as saying “Fighting the terrorist group Hamas is legitimate and necessary . . . But Netanyahu is creating so much pain and so much destruction and so much rancour in Gaza and the rest of Palestine that the two-state solution is in danger.”

EU’s most recent Ambassador to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff told the ABC the move holds hope that others will get onboard a two-state solution.

He says “it will not immediately translate into a two-state solution, but they try to garner momentum for others to follow.

If you want to move forward and negotiate a two-state solution between and among equals, you need to create the conditions for such a thing to happen”.