Sunday, June 21, 2009

"Israel Prepares to Recognize Kosovo" ?

Saturday, 20 June 2009 (Palluxo Media)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday his cabinet is readying to recognize the indepenedence of Kosovo in August. His decision comes as a result of recent negotiations with the President Barack Obama.

Knesset member Otniel Schneller said she is concerned about Serbia's nazi past and that Israel is in in "no debt" to Serbia.

The United States has consistently shown its support for the government of Kosovo in the defence of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Netanyahu said that Israel has a very close relationship with the United States and will follow recommendations of Obama administration to recognize Kosovo. Netanyahu explained that negotiated solution for Kosovo was not possible and Israel cannot sit on the sidelines.

As of 20 June 2009, 60 out of 192 sovereign United Nations member states have formally recognised the Republic of Kosovo as an independent state. Notably, a majority of European Union member states have formally recognised Kosovo (22 out of 27). 24 out of 28 NATO member states have recognised Kosovo. Of the four countries that border Kosovo, only Serbia refuses to recognise it.

I don't know what kind of reputation the "Palluxo Media" has ( Never heard of them) but Kosovo's public television RTK has a story alone similar lines. At the same time it should be noted that this story has NOT been reported in any major Israeli media ( Haaretz,Jpost etc). So will see what happens.

Edit: Looks like this "news" was only speculation from the no name Palluxo Media. All the Kosovo media published the story because they wanted to believe it. Israel has not confirmed anything on this.