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LIMA, Peru and JERUSALEM — Latin American nations are expressing their revulsion at the bloodshed in Gaza — and squarely pinning the blame on Israel.
Chile, Peru and El Salvador said this week they are recalling their ambassadors from Israel for consultation. That was after Ecuador and Brazil did the same last week.
And on Wednesday, Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a “terrorist state.”
Lots of world leaders have denounced the violence on both sides of Israel’s 3-week-old war against Hamas in Gaza. Palestinian casualties have reached 1,328, according to Gaza health authorities, while the Israeli death toll is close to 60.
But the Latin Americans appear to be leading a diplomatic storm, flying envoys out of Tel Aviv.
Recalling an ambassador for consultation falls short of breaking off relations outright, but it can lead to that.
So, why are they doing it?
In a statement on Tuesday, Chile condemned Hamas for launching rockets at Israeli towns, but slammed the Israel Defense Forces’ bombardment of Palestinian civilians.
“The Israeli military operations in Gaza … do not respect the fundamental norms of international humanitarian law, as is demonstrated by the more than 1,000 civilian victims, including women and children, as well as the attack on schools and hospitals,” the Chilean statement said.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff described the Israeli offensive as a “massacre” and accused the government in Tel Aviv of responding “disproportionately” to Hamas violence.
The Israeli government responded Wednesday that it’s “disappointed.” “El Salvador, Chile and Peru would have been much better advised to promote the international move intended to assist Israel in its efforts to defend innocent civilians and instate a durable ceasefire with the demilitarization of Gaza,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
originally posted by: Willtell
“demilitarization of Gaza,” says the Israeli Foreign Minister”
Does he mean the genocide of Palestinians as demilitarization of Gaza?
Thumbs up to the Latin countries, hopefully many more countries will follow their lead.
originally posted by: g146541
a reply to: MrSpad
Right up until the rest of the world officially decides that the US and israel are terrorist states and boycotts the both of us.
Nations are quickly getting away from the US dollar.
And truthfully, what does the US or israel really have to trade?
The recent UN vote showed israel had only 1 boot licker left.
Imagine when the UN is disbanded and or the only 2 members left are the US and israel.
Pretty real situation here in the making.
The US needs to dump this bully and boycott them.
Fence sitters and supporters are starting to jump to the peaceful side of the fence, time is short.