Monday, December 27, 2010

'US May Recognize Palestinian State'

A top Israeli official says the United States may soon join other countries that have formally recognized an independent Palestinian state, if Tel Aviv continues to stall the peace process.

Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer declared Sunday that Israel's very existence depends on the renewal of the Middle East negotiations.

During a meeting with cabinet ministers on Sunday, Ben-Eliezer stressed that Israel should do "everything possible" to restart dialogue with Palestinians, even if it consists of a settlement freeze for just "a few months."

"I wouldn't be surprised if within one year the whole world supports a Palestinian state, including the United States. Then we'll ask where we were and what we were doing," the senior official said.'


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