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A growing list of Latin American nations moving to recognize a Palestinian state

Sebastian Pinera Mahmud Abbas gob chile

Joining a widening trend across Latin America, Chile and Paraguay are poised to recognize a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 Middle East War, reports in Israel and Latin America said.

In recent weeks, several countries in the region have declared their recognition of a Palestinian state half a world away. Led by the rising global player Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Ecuador and Venezuela have all done so, reports the Israeli daily Haaretz.

The move by these governments to recognize a Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders appears to be an uncoordinated response to requests that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has made to Latin American leaders, reports said. "There is no obvious coordination but quite a few Latin American governments are suddenly recognizing the Palestinian state in a very short amount of time," notes the Latin America-focused blog Two Weeks Notice.

On Saturday, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera met one-on-one with Abbas in Brazil during the inauguration of Dilma Rousseff as Brazil's first female president. Abbas attended the inauguration in Brasilia to "thank the presidents" that have recognized the Palestinian state, reported the Chilean daily La Tercera (link in Spanish).

Chile is home to a significant population of about 350,000 mostly Christian Palestinians (link in Spanish). Like many of its neighbors, Chile also has a large Jewish community. A Jewish leader in Chile called the decisions to recognize a Palestinian state "imprudent" (link in Spanish).

The declarations have confounded Israel, as none of the South American countries have been directly involved in U.S.-led peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Those negotiations remain deadlocked.

Israel has said the South American declarations harm the peace process.

"They never made any contribution to [the peace process] and now they're making a decision that is completely contrary to everything that has been agreed so far," a spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry told Reuters in December. "It is absurd."

Colombia, for its part, said it would not recognize a Palestinian state until a peace accord is reached with Israel (link in Spanish). Mexico maintains a position of supporting a two-state solution, but the Foreign Ministry has not made any indication it would follow suit behind Brazil and other countries in the region (link in Spanish).

In March 2010, Mexico expressed worry over construction of new Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem (link in Spanish), calling them "contrary to international law."

-- Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City

Photo: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Brasilia, Brazil, on Jan. 1. Credit: Government of Chile, via Flickr.

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Oh Rigoberto, no sé que te pasó hombre, Dios mío, da susto que alguien piense como tu.
... el odio hacia Palestina no produce nada. Nosotros Chilenos tenemos el derecho de reconocer a quien sintamos justo reconocer sin miedo alguno. Piñera es de derecha, la concertación de izquierda, el congreso aprobó por una unanimidad el reconocimiento de Palestina, así como en su momento de Israel. Es una decisión de los chilenos como pais, como cultura, y no creemos que Dios nos haya castigado con el terremoto. Sacó el a los mineros tambien? o eran judíos? claro que no.
Vive en paz, ama a tu prójimo y Dios no es un ser vengativo, ni menos piensa en términos judíos (ni cristianos ni musulmanes)

Translate. Oh Rogoberto, I don't know what's going on with you. My God, it's frightening someone thinking the way you do.

The hate towards Palestine doesn't produce anything. We Chileans have the right to recognize who ever we feel is fair to recognize without any fear at all. Piñera is from the right, the Concertación is from the left, the congress unanimously approved the recognition of Palestine, like it did at the moment for Israel. It is a decision of us Chileans as a country, as culture, and we don't we'll got punished with the earthquake... did he get the miners out too? or were they all Jewish? of course not.

Live in peace, love your fellow man and God is not a vengeful being, and neither thinks in Jewish terms (or Christian or Muslim).

Claudio

Looks like Rigoberto must be off his meds........

'RIGOBERTO RAMONRODRIGUEZ RAMIREZ ' , i will say it again for the umpteenth time, plse call your GP asap, they can prescribe a great medical regime to help you out there.. self immolation is not a good look and Babylon is waiting..

@Rigoberto
I don't understand your drivel...............I'm sorry!!!!

America has shown a miserable failure and a blatant bias in the peace process. In fact, it is a very tragic and sick joke on the part of Palestinians to rely on US to make peace with Israel.
I congrtulate Latin American nations for showing leadership and it is time they exhibit indepence when it comes to issues like this all over the world. America has lost it morality and common sense.

Welcome news, every responsible Nation needs to recognize and support a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 Middle East War also.

hey Sholomzin? hope you stopped by..

No zionist propaganda spin on this note yet huh?

cat got your tongue? or the people that hire you?

LATIN AMERICA HAS THE RIGHT TO RECOGNIZE ANY COUNTRY THEY FEEL LIKE RECOGNIZING.
GOOD THING THAT AREA IS NOT CONTROLLED BY JEWS LIKE THE U.S.
THEY CAN NOT FIRE ANYONE OVER THAT ISSUE, SINCE THEY ARE A VERY SMALL MINORITY, NOT LIKE HERE. WHERE THEY FIRE AND ASHAME ANYONE WHO DOESN'T SIDE WITH THE JEWISH STATE.

WHAT GOES AROUND WILL COME AROUND???___Over 40 prominent Israeli rabbis – some of them public servants – Warn their congregations not to rent property to non-Jews.Which provoked immediate protests from civil rights activists. The letter, which cites ancient Jewish sages who held that living with gentiles can lead to "sacrilege". Many of the signatories were publicly-funded municipal chief rabbis.

AN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN PROPHET WARNED TO THE OFFICE OF A POWERFULL SENATOR TO TELL THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION THAT IF THE STATE DEPT INSISTED ON A 2 STATE SOLUTION :PALESTINE AND ISRAEL A TRAGEDY WAS PREDESTINED FOR THE USA GULF!MR ``BABY´BUSH´´ INSISTED AND THE KATRINA HIT NEW ORLEANS!!PROVOKING BILLIONS IN DAMAGES!!!AND AGAIN THE VERY SAME PROPHET TOLD THE SAME SENATOR THAT IF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THRU THE STATE DEPARTMENT INSISTED TO FORCE ISRAEL TO NEGOTIATE A TWO STATES SOLUTION ANOTHER BIG BLOW WAS PREDESTINED TO HIT THE U.S. GULF!AND THEN THE BP HAD THE EXPLOSION AND OIL SPILL THAT DAMAGED THE U.S. GULF FISHING WATERS!!SO MR OBAMA AND MRS CLINTON IF YOU INSIST THE SAME WILL HAPPEN AGAIN!!,SO PUT YOUR HANDS OFF ISRAEL!!!THE PAST SOCIALIST GOVERMENT OF CHILE ON A DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE AGAINST THE TRANSITIONAL GOVERMENT OF HONDURAS AFTER THE CORRUPT MEL ZELAYA WAS OUSTED,THE GOVERMENT WAS RUN BY HEBREWS HONDURANS !AND THE SAME PROPHET WARNED CHILE THAT A TERRIBLE CATATROPHE WOULD HIT CHILE BECAUSE THEY ILLEGALLY AND UNJUSTIFIED INTERVENED -THRU THE COMMUNIST DIPLOMAT INSULZA AT THE OAS-,IN THE INTERNAL POLITICS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS THAT GUIDES A PRESIDENTIAL SUSTITUTION IN HONDURAS,THIS RIGHT RESERVED ONLY TO HONDURAS NATIONALS!AND THEN WE SAW THE EARTHQUAKE THAT DESTROYED MANY TOWNS AND PORTS IN CHILE!SO YOU WANT TO DEFY ISRAEL AGAIN??READ THE HOLY SCRIPTURES OF THE JAHVE FAITH IN YESHUA-JESUS-PLEASE OPEN THE BOOK MR PIÑERA,MR CHAVES,MR OBAMA,MRS CLINTON,MR LUGO,MRS ROUSEFF,MR ORTEGA,MRZELAYA:JOEL3:15/17,EZEKIEL 47:13/23,AND AS THE GOSPEL TEACHES THE WORLD IN MATTHEW 28:18/20``ALL POWERS ON HEAVEN AND EARTH HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME,TEACH MY WORD,BAPTIZED THE BELIEVERS IN THE NAME OF ABA-THE HOLY FATHER-,THE SON-YESHUA(JESUS)-AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.AND I WILL BE WITH YOU UP TO END OF THE WORLD.AMEN!!!!JAHVE BLESS THE AMERICAS.

It is of no surprise to me that when Abba is out drudging up support for the, so called Palestinians lies, deceptions, and half truths. Worst about it is no one knows that the price is going to be paid by these countries that are aligning themselves with the ones who what to destroy the Jewish and Christian people.

It brakes my heart to hear leaders being hood winked by a group of people who do not want to live in peace, of any kind and for any reason. These are the same people who will do anything to sabotage any kind of peace plan.

May, in the words of Christ Jesus (Yeshua) "Father, forgive them fore they know not what they are doing".

In my, humble, opinion Israel has never contributed to the peace process in this nasty conflict. Contrary to Avignor Lieberman, assessments of the situation. The world is watching Israel. And it's very critical of the treatment of the assault of defenseless men, women, children.

When will those Latin American countries gives the native indians a state?

Only the power of the USA prevents most Latin American and Caribbean nations from recognizing Palestine.


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