Inside the Middle East
December 26, 2010
Posted: 735 GMT

Ecuador is the latest country to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

Ecuador recognizes Palestine as an independent state within its borders.
Ecuador recognizes Palestine as an independent state within its borders.

The government said on Friday that President Rafael Correa recognized "the Palestine State as free and independent within its borders since 1967."

Others countries - such as Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay - recently made the same move. These diplomatic initiatives come after the breakdown of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Palestinians have been seeking international recognition of an independent state, a strategy to achieve statehood outside the framework of talks with Israel.

"Sadly, the Middle East continues to face wars and violent events that have led to the death of many innocent people, a situation contrary to the humane and pacifist position established by the Ecuadorian Constitution. This recognition is meant to reinforce the valid and legitimate wish of the Palestine people to have their own free and independent state," the Ecuadorian government said. Read more...

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miriam   December 26th, 2010 9:07 am ET

Under Palestinian dictation, these South American states have made complete fools of themselves.
The creation of a unilateral Palestinian state is a violation of the Palestinians own commitments, undermines the entire ME peace process as well as internationally recognized and witnessed documents.

The mere referal to "1967 borders" is inaccurate and deceitful since no such "borders" exist and have no basis in history, law or fact.

The lines created in 1949 were armistice lines which have no legal or political significance and were acknowledged by many countries including most of South America to not be international boundaries.

UNSC Res. 242 deliberately didn't call for Israel to return to the armistice lines and it was clear that only negotiations could resolve the issue.
It should also be remembered that the parties involved were Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Syria, there being no Palestinian state.

It is too easy for the Palestinians to refuse to negotiate and blame their intransigence on Israel and then turn to weak nations already under external pressures and trick them into making absurd statements, supported by those who have already been brain-washed.

Not only is the world witnessing the delegitimization of the Jewish state, they are seeing the delegitimization and annulment of the very resolutions, agreements and accepted international positions they created in the first place.

Thierry   December 26th, 2010 10:48 am ET


...too bad THEY couldn't take him out with the last US backed coup attempt uh?!

International Community come together to eliminate US Imperialism now and free the American Peoples from tyranny.

Thinker23   December 26th, 2010 8:14 pm ET

A "Palestinian state within its borders since 1967" he said...

Someone should give the guy a geography lesson. Hopefully, he'll learn that there was no "Palestinian state" within such borders either before or since 1967.

Omar   December 28th, 2010 8:52 pm ET

Respect is the base of everything and The Palestinian always are confronting Israel in different ways including the military way. If they expect to have their own land, they should be starting to be respectful with the people of Israel. Negociations based on attacks are not accepted and if they do not give a sample of respect or start seriously seek of peace, they will never have a piece of land.

Both parts have their own rights, but respect is in the middle of them

STRAUS Michel   December 28th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

After having recognized this palestinian state, these south american countries will maybe take in palestinian refugees like they did with great pleasure with the nazis after the war.....

STRAUS Michel   December 28th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

After having recognized this palestinian state, these south american countries will maybe take in palestinian refugees like they did with great pleasure in the past with others....!

Michele   December 30th, 2010 4:35 pm ET

Congratulations to the South American nations for recognizing the State of Palestine. Hopefully some day the US will realize they have backed the wrong pony, and for nothing. Israel laughs behind its back every day.

Becket   December 30th, 2010 5:01 pm ET

Miriam you and the state of Israel make and interpret International law. Unfortunately the World does not agree with you and your ilk. The Palestinian people will be free whether you like it or not. The brutalization by Israel of these poor people is coming to an end!

Michael Simon   January 1st, 2011 6:19 am ET

Palestine a Young Country 10,000 Years OLD , Long Live Palestine.

Michael Simon   January 1st, 2011 6:25 am ET

God Bless the Ecuadorian people for their support of the Rights of the Palestinian people Christians and Muslims for an independent state free from the Zionist occupation and oppression.

Palestinian Princess   January 2nd, 2011 9:27 am ET

Viva Palestine, we knew we had a future ahead of us,
Will not give up and we know One day you're gonna wake up, America.

miriam   January 2nd, 2011 6:39 pm ET

Becket, Michael Simon and Palestinian Princess,

If you have an issue with Palestinian freedom, take the issue up with Fatah and Hamas.

There is no Israeli "occupation" or "oppression".

At the same time you can ask why they have spent the last 43 years deceiving their people and their supporters, revising history, inventing international law and delegitimizing and demonizing the Jews, their religion, history and culture.

Viva la verdad!

proud zionist   January 2nd, 2011 8:49 pm ET

"Palestine a Young Country 10,000 Years OLD , Long Live Palestine."


Muhamad was born in 570 CE

you should learn simple addition and subtraction before you make such infantile statements

Murtaza   January 4th, 2011 6:41 pm ET

The 1967 borders are internationally recognized borders that are recognized by THE UN , Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Court of Justice. They exist and are real, despite what your AIPAC handbook or hillel college chapter tells you.

James   January 4th, 2011 9:47 pm ET

Miriam, if there is no occupation, what are the 500,000 israeli settlers doing in the west bank and Jerusalem?

Filipe   January 5th, 2011 2:34 pm ET


Do you consider the US to be "occupied", considering the fact that there are several million Israelis living there?

What a joke!!!!! By your standards the entire North American continent is "occupied" considering the thact that 99% of the population originated in Europe or Africa

Filipe   January 5th, 2011 2:40 pm ET


The "borders" you refer to are not and never have been recognized by the UN or ICC as anything other than cease fire lines. The cease fire agreement and all subsequent agreements between Israel, Jordan and the people living in the Palestinian Territories has clearly stated that "Permanent borders" will determined as a result of direct negotiations.

proud zionist   January 5th, 2011 10:07 pm ET


you are a liar.

The only international borders prior to 1967 were the southern and northern borders

the western line are cease fire lines which were supposed to be replaced by final borders after negotiations between Israel and the Arabs.

If you do not believe me, try googling Rhodes ceasefire agreements, agreements signed by the five Arab states which invaded Israel in 1948 and Israel.

Prove me wrong, I dare you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

miriam   January 6th, 2011 9:13 pm ET


Which other nationalities need to have your permission where they can or cannot live?

Do indigenous aborigines need your permission to settle in Queensland or do they have to be confined to restricted reserves to prevent mixing with the more recent immigrants?
( Unlike the Jews, the Aboriginies were not exiled and expelled from or massacred in their homeland repeatedly over generations).

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