WJC, ADL slam S. American recognition of 'Palestine'

Lauder says comments could derail peace process; Foxman: Actions taken by Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay undermine bridge-building.

Ronald Lauder (photo credit: Associated Press)
Ronald Lauder
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have expressed concern over recent announcements made by Latin American countries that they recognize a Palestinian state in statements released by the organizations on Tuesday.
"The WJC calls on the United States and other members of the Quartet - Russia, the EU and the United Nations -  to unequivocally denounce such moves and to restate their firm commitment to resolving the Middle East conflict solely through bi-lateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," said a statement released Tuesday by the WJC.
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Ronald S. Lauder, President of the WJC stated: "We find these announcements made by Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American countries to be troubling. Palestinian-Israeli peace making is a delicate process and is meant to be directly negotiated between the parties as mandated by United Nations resolutions."
"Premature announcements by other countries regarding the recognition of any Palestinian statehood do not, as some might think, contribute to peace between Israel and her neighbors, but rather undermine the negotiations and risk derailing a fragile peace process and triggering regional instability,” Lauder added.
The ADL expressed similar sentiments, saying Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay were "aiding and abetting a cynical manipulation by the Palestinian Authority as it willfully pursues a policy designed to bypass a negotiated resolution of the conflict with Israel."
Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL's National Director, said in a statement that "The actions taken by Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay to recognize an independent Palestinian state at this time undermine bridge-building and the possibility of future bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations."
"Instead of persuading the Palestinians to re-engage with Israel, this can only result in prolonging the decades-long absence of peace. A Palestinian state with defined borders will come only as a result of bilateral negotiations with Israel, when both parties will commit to end the conflict and be ready to make sacrifices and compromises for peace," Foxman added.
"We urge the United States and others to speak out against the irresponsible attempts by the Palestinian Authority to evade negotiations with Israel and those who are enabling them."

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