Ecuador recognition concerns Israel

AFP and Ahram Online, Sunday 26 Dec 2010

Ecuadorian recognition of Palestine, the fourth in a series by Latin American states, raises concern

Ecuador president
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa. (AP)

Israel may suffer sever repercussions due to the deadlocked peace process the Israeli Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer warned after Ecuador recognized Palestine. 

"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 explanations as to how it happened," Israeli Ynet quoted the Labor member saying in Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting.

Ben-Eliezer said that the recognition of a Palestinian state by Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador poses a difficult situation for Israel.

Ecuador formally recognized Palestine as an independent state on Friday, following the lead of its neighbors Bolivia, Brazil, and  Argentina earlier this month.

Uruguay said it would recognize Palestine as well.

President Rafael Correa signed "the Ecuadoran government's official recognition of Palestine as a free and independent state with 1967 borders," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The border mention refers to the territorial limits of the Palestinian territory before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Ecuador's decision, the ministry statement said, "vindicates the valid and legitimate desire of the Palestinian people for a free and independent state" and will be a key contribution to a negotiated peaceful coexistence in the Middle East.

The Ecuadoran resolution was being provided to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and the Palestinian representative to the United Nations, the ministry said.

Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay earlier this month recognized Palestine as an independent state, drawing a harsh rebuke from Israel.

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