Brazil Recognizes Palestinian State
Responding to a request made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Brazil has recognized a Palestinian state within the borders of the area occupied by Israel in 1967.
Outgoing Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva traveled to Palestine earlier this year where he expressed strong support for an independent Palestinian state.
“I dream of an independent and free Palestine living in peace in the Middle East,” he said.
Now Brazil joins over 100 countries in recognizing Palestine. Da Silva wrote a public letter to President Abbas affirming the recognition, referring to the “legitimate aspiration of the Palestinian people for a secure, united, democratic and economically viable state coexisting peacefully with Israel.”
The move surprised and irked the United States, the world’s mostly staunchly pro-Israel country. US-Brazilian relations have been tested by Brasilia’s friendship with countries and leaders Washington does not like, such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
But Wikileaks has revealed that Brazil impressed the United States by closely cooperating in the monitoring of terrorist activity in the massive South American country.