The Palestinian foreign ministry has announced that in the coming months, Chile and Paraguay will join the growing number of countries in Latin America recognizing a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.
Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Ecuador and Venezuela have all announced support for a Palestinian state in rapid succession in the last month.
The LA Times’ Daniel Hernandez writes: Chile is home to a significant population of about 350,000 mostly Christian Palestinians . The declarations have confounded Israel, as none of the South American countries have been directly involved in U.S.-led peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Uruguay was actually the first in the latest wave of Palestinian recognition, but the snowball really starting rolling after Brazil’s announcemnt on Dec. 3, one of former President Lula da Silva’s last acts in office. Under Lula, Brazil has become an increasingly important player in Mideast politics, often taking positions directly at odds with U.S. policy.
Source; Foreign Policy Magazine
Brazil is a rising economic and political power and it is looking for a way to make its mark on the world stage. Making a move against America’s closest ally in the Middle East is an easy way to do it. Many other Latin American countries have resented America’s heavy handed domination of their region for decades and are very happy to see one of their own challenging the US. This can explain why they are so eager to follow Brazil’s example.
Also, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has invested great efforts in stirring up anti-American and anti-Israel feelings among Latin America’s large Palestinian and Lebanese expat communities, as well as with friendly Latin American governments.
God warns us that in the Latter Days all nations will come against Israel, and we can see that continuing to happen. But God is good and sovereign in every situation, and this is part of His Plan for the salvation and redemption of the whole world. So we must pray for our leaders to have wisdom, and if you want to show the people of Israel that you don’t agree with this decision, consider visiting Israel to show your solidarity.
Written by Aaron