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Ireland Upgrades Palestinian Mission

January 26, 2011
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The ministry noted that the decision supports Ireland’s long-time support for the establishment of a Palestinian state and the Palestinian Authority’s [PA] progress in constructing its institutions.

Israel fears other European countries may follow suit, as is the case in Latin America, where a number of countries—including Brazil, Chile, and Argentina—have recognized a “free and sovereign” Palestinian state over the past few months. Peru recognized “Palestine” on Monday [January 24].

“Israel regrets Ireland’s move, but is not surprised by it due to [Ireland’s] biased policy regarding the conflict over the years,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Foreign Ministry’s Communications Director Yossi Levy said Dublin’s decision “does not advance the peace process because it bolsters the Palestinians’ illusion that they can advance their goals without returning to the negotiation table.”

In February, Peru is scheduled to host the Summit of South American–Arab Countries. Israel is concerned that during the summit, Brazil may initiate a resolution under which more Latin American countries will recognize a Palestinian state.

Posted on January 26, 2011

Source: (By Ronen Medzini, Ynetnews, January 25, 2011)

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