What does the increasing recognition of Palestinian statehood mean?

Until now, most western countries have maintained they will formally recognise Palestinian statehood only at the end of a peace process with Israel.

But after nearly seven months of Israel's devastating war on Gaza that's killed more than 35,000 Palestinians, Norway, Ireland and Spain say they won't wait any longer.

But the European Union is divided on the issue and larger powers like France say it's not the right time to recognise a Palestinian state.

And a U.S. veto still holds back Palestine's bid to gain full membership at the United Nations. Will other European nations follow Norway, Ireland and Spain? And what does this mean for Palestine's efforts to become a full member of the United Nations?

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