Slovenia is debating whether to recognize a Palestinian state, Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Sunday evening. According to the report, the recognition has already been green-lighted by the Slovenian government. The parliament will make the final decision in the coming weeks.

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas Photo Credit: Ehud Amiton/TPS

The European Balkan state of Slovenia is planning to recognize a Palestinian state in the coming weeks, Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Sunday evening. According to the report, three other European countries are also interested in making similar announcements.

The Slovenian government reportedly decided that it would recognize “Palestine” as a state last week, passing the matter over to the parliament, where it will be discussed and voted on in the coming month. The three European Union states that are interested in making similar announcements are Luxembourg, Ireland and Belgium.

Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has landed in Israel, becoming the first senior American official to visit the Jewish state since Washington recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We warmly welcome this evening U.S. Vice President- a great friend of Israel- Mike Pence,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said shortly after Pence’s arrival. “He’s landed and we are receiving him warmly, with pride. I’ll discuss with him two topics: peace and security. Regarding peace, I have a message for Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas]: There’s no substitute for the American leadership in leading the peace process.”