Danny Ayalon 311.
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of only "virtual upgrade" to the status of the Palestinian delegation
does not change realities on the ground, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny
Ayalon said on Thursday.
"Whoever deludes the Palestinians into thinking that they can establish a state unilaterally, without negotiations, is diminishing the chances for peace and for a Palestinian state," Ayalon told
the press during a briefing for foreign ambassadors.
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The deputy foreign minister added, "Palestinian obstinacy will not prevent Israel from making diplomatic progress and cooperating with the international community."
On Wednesday, Denmark announced that it would upgrade the status of the
Palestinian Authority's representation in the country, during a visit
by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
At a joint press conference with Abbas, Danish Prime Minister Lars
Loekke Rasmussen said he was "pleased to announce our government's
decision to upgrade the status of the Palestinian representation in
Denmark." A statement from the Danish Foreign Ministry said that the
delegation would be upgraded from the level of "general representation"
to "the Palestinian mission to Denmark," the second highest possible
status for a foreign delegation.
Abbas praised the Danish decision, saying that it reflected "the deep
commitment between the two countries." He expressed his "deepest
gratitude" for the decision.
Denmark, however, said that it did not plan on recognizing Palestinian statehood.
"With regards to formal recognition, the European Union has said many
times it would take the step at an appropriate time, on the basis of the
contribution the recognition would bring to [peace] negotiations and to
the two-state solution," the Danish Foreign Ministry said in a
On Monday, the UK said it was raising the status of the Palestinian
Authority's London office, though the move fell short of diplomatic
"Given the extent of our aid to the Palestinian Authority and our work
with them, we will join many other countries in upgrading the status of
the Palestinian delegation to London to the level of a mission," Foreign
Secretary William Hague the British parliament.