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How Not To Encourage Peace in the Middle East

Costa Rica has decided to do something to encourage peace talks between Israel and palestinians.

So it went ahead and recognized a palestinian state.

Because everyone knows the best way to encourage peace talks is to reward terrorism.

Israel has postponed a planned meeting with Costa Rican officials over the Central American nation’s decision to formally recognize a Palestinian state.

The meeting between President Oscar Arias and an Israeli diplomat, scheduled for Wednesday, “was postponed, but we are looking to reschedule,” Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno said Monday.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said Israel had summoned the Costa Rican charge d’affaires and instructed its ambassador to convey a message to San Jose.

“We would like to express our disappointment over this regretful decision of the government of Costa Rica to establish full diplomatic relations with the ‘state of Palestine,'” Mekel said. “This act of Costa Rica totally contradicts the traditional friendship that characterized its relations with Israel since its establishment.”

Stagno has said Costa Rica hoped to encourage peace talks on Feb. 5 when it recognized a Palestinian state — a key demand on the part of the Palestinians.

In August 2006, Arias’ administration announced that Costa Rica would move its embassy to Tel Aviv from the hotly disputed city of Jerusalem.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, but most nations don’t formally recognize that claim. Post-1982 Costa Rica and El Salvador had been the only two countries with embassies there until announcing in the same month that they would relocate.

Follow the logic? Give in to a key demand of the palestinians to encourage peace talks.

What next? Recognize the right of palestinians to drive Jews in to the sea?

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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