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Cites lack of action on Palestinian peace
JERUSALEM | Israel faces a “diplomatic tsunami” that could erode its international support and bolster its enemies in the Middle East, the Jewish state’s defense minister said this week.
Ehud Barak also criticized his coalition government partner, Benjamin Netanyahu, saying indecisiveness by the prime minister “was pushing Israel into a corner from which the old South Africa’s deterioration began.”
More than 110 countries have announced their recognition of a Palestinian state. The Palestinian Authority hopes that number will be 150 by September, when it plans to request formal recognition from the United Nations.
International recognition of a Palestinian state will have little practical impact as long as the Palestinians and Israelis have not negotiated a peace agreement.
International sanctions against South Africa in the late 20th century prodded it to rescind its apartheid policies, which had maintained whites’ domination of the black-majority population.
Mr. Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party, has blamed the lack of progress in peace negotiations on the Palestinians, who have refused to talk unless Israel freezes construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, where Palestinians intend to establish their state.
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