Friday, August 18, 2006

[ePalestine] Costa Rica to move Israel embassy out of Jerusalem

Dear friends,

Israel is now learning that actions, especially reckless adventurism, have ramifications.  33 days in Lebanon seem thus far as being a serious turning point in how the world views Israel. How far is yet to be seen, but this move by Costa Rica is a serious one that should be applauded.

Send Costa Rica's mission at the UN a letter of thanks:

Permanent Representative of Costa Rica  to the United Nations
211 East 43rd Street
Room 903
New York, NY 10017
Teléfono: 1-212-986-6373/ 74
Fax: 1-212-986-6842

and while we're at it, let's send a message to tell El Salvador "It's time to rectify an historic error," as the Costa Rican President so rightly said.

Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations
46 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 679-1616/1617
Telefax: (212) 725-3467

Tide is moving; slowly, but surely, justice will prevail,


Costa Rica to move Israel embassy out of Jerusalem 

16 Aug 2006 22:56:36 GMT 

Source: Reuters 

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Costa Rica will move its embassy in Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, its new president said on Wednesday, in a move that pleases Arab nations and is a blow to the Israeli government. 

The decision will leave El Salvador as the only country in the world with an embassy in Jerusalem. 

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, a former Nobel Peace Prize winner, said he made the decision to win more friends in the Middle East and comply with United Nations' resolutions. 

"It's time to rectify an historic error that hurts us internationally and deprives us of almost any form of friendship with the Arab world, and more broadly with Islamic civilization, to which a sixth of humanity belongs," Arias said at an event marking his first 100 days in office. 

He said Shimon Peres, Israel's deputy prime minister, had called him on Tuesday to ask him to reconsider the decision. 

Israel regards East Jerusalem as part of its "undivided and eternal capital." It captured the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. 

The 200,000 Arab residents of East Jerusalem are caught between Israel and an emerging Palestinian state which wants the eastern part of Jerusalem as its future capital. 

Former Costa Rican President Luis Alberto Monge moved the embassy to Jerusalem in 1982 as a show of support for Israel. 

Arias said the relocation to Tel Aviv should not, however, be interpreted as as a slight to Israel, which has had historically close ties to Costa Rica. 

"As far as Costa Rica is concerned, the right to exist and live free of threat, particularly the criminal threat of terrorism, is beyond all doubt," said Arias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to end civil wars in neighboring Central American nations. 

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