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Bolivia has cut ties with Israel over its airstrikes on Gaza, a move that Israel criticized as giving in to terrorism. Meanwhile, Israel’s relations with other Latin American countries have also begun to deteriorate.

Chile and Colombia announced on the same day that they were recalling their ambassadors to Israel in response to the strikes on Gaza. These strikes were a result of a Hamas-led attack on Israel on October 7, resulting in numerous casualties and hostages.

Chile accused Israel of not respecting international laws and described its airstrikes as collective punishment of the Palestinian population in Gaza.

In response, Israel stated that Colombian and Chilean citizens were among the victims of the October 7 attack and expected their support in defending its citizens.

Bolivia’s Foreign Ministry cut diplomatic ties with Israel to protest the aggressive and disproportionate military offensive in Gaza, considering it a threat to international peace and security.

Bolivia had restored diplomatic relations with Israel in 2019 after a decade-long rupture due to Israeli military actions in Gaza. Bolivia called for an end to Israeli strikes, expressed condemnation for the casualties, and demanded the entry of sufficient food, water, and aid into Gaza.

Israel’s foreign ministry claimed that its relations with Bolivia were lacking substance under the current government and accused Bolivia of aligning itself with the Hamas terrorist organization.

Israel also accused Bolivia of being influenced by Iran, a long-time supporter of Hamas and other anti-Israel groups.

Israel’s relationship with Colombia has been strained after the Hamas attacks. President Gustavo Petro has been highly critical of the Israeli government and compared their language to that of the Nazis.

Last month, Israel announced the suspension of security exports to Colombia over Petro’s comments. Although Petro expressed openness to suspending relations with Israel, it has not yet been done.

Latin America and other developing regions have historically shown strong support for the Palestinian cause. Resentment is growing due to the war in Gaza, and accusations of a double standard in how the West approaches the wars in Ukraine and Gaza have emerged.

As the rotating president of the United Nations Security Council, Brazil drafted a resolution calling for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza and condemning Hamas’ terrorist attacks. The resolution was vetoed by the United States because it did not mention Israel’s right to self-defense.

Brazil’s ambassador to the United Nations expressed frustration, emphasizing the urgency of the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Julie Turkewitz contributed reporting.

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