Wednesday, January 12, 2011

More Latin American Nations Recognize Palestinian State

PressTV - More Latam nations recognize Palestinian State:

Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:51PM
Melissa Abalo, Press TV, Buenos Aires

"Palestinians are increasingly talking about trying to ask the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders.

This comes as five South American countries have recognized Palestinian statehood in recent weeks.

Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru are expected to make their announcement soon - showing that South America's position in world affairs cannot be underestimated.

Latin America's Palestinians have welcomed the decision, saying that it brings security and hope for the long-suffering Palestinian people.

South America, and Argentina in particular, has a history of anti-Zionism - which has become even stronger since Israel invaded Lebanon several years ago. Many Argentines, including Jews themselves, find Israel's behaviour to be aggressive and unjustifiable.

It's no surprise then that with their leftist viewpoints, Latin American nations' relations with Palestinians are looking positive. In the 1967 Six Day War, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem/Al-Quids. It is believed Israel has been discussing for some time. But some analysts believe Israel would change its crossing procedures in and out of the West Bank as a response to Palestinians seeking international recognition of a Palestinian state. Israel has been very critical of a Palestinian state, saying this can only be achieved through negotiation with Israel.

Palestinians as analysts say have a long way to go before they can achieve total recognition of their territories as an independent nation, but South America's support is a huge step forward.

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