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    • Dino
    • 25.12.10 | 16:00 (IST)

    It doesn't matter who offers recognition, just that it is offered. Today it might be Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. Tomorrow it might be some European or Asian country. The ball has started moving and there is no stopping it now. Status quo is now definitely not maintainable. That is something that will give Israel incentive to actually pursue peace treaty with Palestine, instead of throwing a sham and stalling. If enough states recognize Palestine, that recognition might be tabled before the U.N. and the country might be admitted into that institution. If that happens, criticism that Israel has been getting because of the occupation and treatment of Palestinians will be miniscule when compared to all the flak Israel will find itself in after Palestine is recognized. Aggressor is not a term you wish attached to the name of Israel, but that is exactly what you will get, as Israel will be seen as attacking and occupying a sovereign and independent country. Israeli leaders have two choices now: jump at the chance to decide the future make up of Palestinian state, along with the Palestinians, or stay on the sidelines, pretend that it will all go away, and get a neighbor that might not be to your liking but with no choice but to accept it as is. I can see a lot of derison for these recognitions by the talkbackars, but this is much more serious than some "banana republic" recognizing Palestine. This is more serious than any Iranian threat, or Hezbollah, or Hamas etc. This threat has a stamp of legality to it, and that changes everything.

    from the article: Ecuador becomes fifth Latin American country to recognize Palestinian state
    First published 06:04 25.12.10 | Last updated 06:04 25.12.10
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