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After hearing the announcement on the Israeli TV news (channel 1), I searched the papers–international and local.  Finally did an internet search, which turned up the following (except for the Buenos Aires one, which I found by looking at Argentinean newspapers in English).  Oddly, most of the electronic media that I checked do not yet have this (including BBC, Reuters, Guardian, Independent, NY Times, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and Ynet and Haaretz), or at least didn’t have it when I began writing this message.  What will come of this recognition, hard to tell.



Jerusalem Post   

Monday, December 6, 2010  21:46 IST   


Argentina follows Brazil, recognizes Palestinian state






Argentina announced on Monday that it has decided to recognize a “free and independent” Palestinian state, just days after Brazil said it would do so, unleashing sharp criticism from the US and Israel, reported AFP.


Argentine President Cristina Kirchner wrote a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying her country recognizes a Palestine as defined by the 1967 borders, AFP cited officials as saying Monday.


Israel reacted with “sadness and disappointment” to Brazil’s recognition, saying it violated a 1995 agreement with the PA that a Palestinian state should only be established through negotiations. 



More Latin American countries to recognize Palestinian state soon   Xinhua,

December 6, 2010


A senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official on Monday revealed that more Latin American countries will soon recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders.


Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of PLO’s executive committee, told “Voice of Palestine” radio that several Latin American countries “will recognize a Palestinian state within the coming few hours.”


“The recognition will be based on establishing a state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital,” said Abed Rabbo.” The recognition mustn’t be based on political nature, it should be based on moral principles.”


The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday that Brazil had officially recognized the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the occupied territories of 1967.


The Brazilian declaration was largely welcomed by the Palestinians amid a PNA threat of using other diplomatic options instead of the stalled peace process in case Israel insisted to continue with settlement construction.


Meanwhile, Abed Rabbo slammed Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s statements that the talks with the United States over freezing settlement had reached a deadlock, adding “this shows that Israel is not interested in peace.”


The Palestinians officially suspended the direct peace talks with Israel on Oct. 2, one month after it was relaunched in Washington. The Palestinian decision was made after Israel refused to freeze settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


Buenes Aires Herald

Press conference at the Foreign Ministry

Gov’t recognizes Palestine as ‘independent and free state’


Foreign Affairs Minister Héctor Timerman.


After stating he was to give an “important announcement regarding foreign policies,” ForeignMinister Héctor Timerman announced “Argentina’s firm stance of recognizing Palestine as a free and independent state.” The Minister talked about the strong bilateral relations between Argentines and Palestines, showing strong support towards Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.


This way, Argentina joined Brazil, which had made the same announcement last Friday. The Minister assured “this decision comes within the framework of Argentina’s willingness to help for the Palestine-Israeli conflict to be solved.”


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