Israel worries over possible EU states' recognition of Palestinian state (2)

09:08, January 26, 2011      

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"Palestine is recognized as a free and sovereign state," Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde said on Peruvian RPP radio. Belaunde, however, made no mention of where the borders of such a state would lie.

Peru's move comes in the wake of recent decisions by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana and Uruguay to unilaterally support Palestinian statehood -- a step that both Israel and the United States strongly oppose, saying it could derail any peace process.

However, Ireland's decision shows that Palestinian National Authority (PNA) officials' behind-the-scenes efforts trying to get European Union states' recognition are paying off.

According to a report broadcast on Tuesday on Army Radio, a foreign minister of an unnamed EU country two weeks ago told a senior Israeli ambassador that, "the U.S. has taken a step back and allowed us to take the reins in pressuring Israel, and I'm warning you that you will find yourselves isolated on the world stage, diplomatically as well as economically."

As well, Israeli foreign ministry officials believe that the U. S., according to the report, was "pulling the strings behind-the- scenes via Germany in order to influence the EU and the Quartet to sharply censure Israeli within the next ten days."

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