Argentina has joined Brazil and Uruguay in recognizing a Palestinian state (and thanks to J.F. String in comments to a recent post for noting that Uruguay had preceded Brazil). The Israeli response is striking, particularly because it unwittingly shows in part why Latin American countries are doing so in the first place.
"Such a declaration today only harms the peace process, because it merely encourages the Palestinians to keep digging in and hoping the miracle will somehow descend from the heavens or from the international community, that will impose some kind of accord on Israel," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said.
"And what is important is that the Americans don't accept this either," he told Israel's Army Radio.
First, I think it is fair to say that these Latin American governments do precisely want to be part of an accord forged by the international community, but obviously they do not consider that harmful to the peace process.
Second, emphasizing what the U.S. wants will virtually always have the opposite effect of that desired. If anything, berating Latin America in that regard will encourage more countries to follow suit. And anyway, Brazil's position is intended to be a counterpoint to the U.S.