Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, chose December 24th, 2010 to release formally recognize a “free and independent” Palestinian within its 1967 borders state following suit with Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Uraguay. Now the UK is considering the possibility of making a similar diplomatic move.
According to Ynet news, Britian may possibly upgrade the Palestinian delegation in London to the status of a diplomatic mission. This “upgrade” would provide the Palestinian delegates with full diplomatic rights, which France, Spain and Portugal have already done.
With peace talks between Israel and Palestine looking glum, governments around the world are questioning what it will actually take to get negotiations moving in the Middle East. Ecuador’s government stated that the recognition of an independent Palestine, “will be fundamental to achieve the peaceful co-existence of the nations in the region through dialogue and mediation” and Argentina made similar claims.
“It is our deep desire to see a definitive advance in the negotiation process leading to the establishment of a just and durable peace in the Middle-East,” said Hector Timerman, Argentina’s foreign minister.
Palestinians have been seeking international recognition of an independent state for years, attempting to avoid unproductive talks with what they see as a stubborn Israeli government. In fact, the entire world seems frustrated, including the United States who are now attempting to change their tactic in regards to the Middle East Peace negotiations.
With the UK considering a change in policy, Israel’s Labor Minister, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, has suggested that the United States might be next.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the US will also recognize a Palestinian state in the coming year, and then we will have to provide explanation s as to how it happened,” Ben-Eliezer said in Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting.
Now the Israel government, still refusing to apologize to Turkey over the flotilla incident, is facing international pressure to reduce tensions with the Islamic world, and start getting serious about negotiations before other governments start calling the shots. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Labor Minister Ben-Eliezer seem to be having a little war of their own after Lieberman’s public outburst on Sunday in which he called the Turks liars and the Palestinian Authority illegitimate.
If they can’t settle their own matters soon, the rest of the world might leave them behind.