Israel worries over possible EU states' recognition of Palestinian state (3)

09:08, January 26, 2011      

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Belgium and Netherlands may be next in line to recognize a Palestinian State, according to ministry sources, the report said.

Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon, however, strongly denied the reports that Israel was heading towards international isolation, in an interview with host of a national morning news- talk program.

"We're not isolated internationally; I'm aware of the pressures, but -- to my great sorrow -- they stem from ignorance, or naivete about the nature of the Israeli-Arab conflict," Ya'alon said, referring to the report.

"We have to differentiate between the 'Palestinian narrative,' of the conflict, 'which is widely entrenched in Western capitals, and ... our own internal narrative -- details of which have been recently leaked," Ya'alon said, referring to the some 1,600 purported PNA papers published this week by the Al-Jazeera TV network and Britain's The Guardian newspaper.

"What is proved again and again is that (then-Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert's most 'defeatist' offers don't meet the most so- called 'defeatist' offers by the PLO, headed by Abu Mazen (the nom de guerre of PNA President Mahmoud Abbas)," Ya'alon said.

Source: Xinhua
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