The President of Chile, Gabriel Boricput an end to his government’s impasse with Israel’s ambassador, Gil Artzyeli, after last week’s presentation of the diplomat’s credentials was suspended.
“We are a people and a country that is for peace and within the framework of this issue, we have always said that international law and the 1967 borders must be respected,” he asserted Gabriel Boric after the traditional Ecumenical Te Deum for national holidays in Chile. The president of the trans-Andean country was thus referring to the existing borders before the occupation of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem by Israel, which are those recognized by the international community.
At the same time, progressive head of state sent a message to the Jewish community of the trans-Andean country that had accused him of “anti-Semite”. “Know that, like every person who lives in our country, no one will ever be persecuted or intimidated for their ideas or visions of the world, unless they break the law, which is not the case,” he said. Gabriel Boric.
The Chilean president reiterated the explanations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and concluded: “From our point of view, it is an impasse that has been overcome. both by the declarations of the Foreign Ministry and the counterpart State.”
Last Thursday, several foreign ambassadors had an appointment in La Moneda to deliver Gabriel Boric their credentials as diplomats. While the representatives of Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia were received, the one from Israel was not. Artzyeli and the State he represented, as well as the Chilean opposition and the Jewish community in the neighboring country, shouted to the heavens and described the gesture as an “embarrassment” and a “snub”.
On the contrary, the Palestinian community in Chile —the largest outside the Arab world, with 500,000 members— opined: “As long as the world continues to treat Israel and its diplomats as normal, while they systematically commit war crimes, human rights violations and subject the Palestinian population to an apartheid regime, the situation of the Palestinians will not change.”.
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The Israeli ambassador was received on the same Thursday by the undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Ximena Fuentes, who expressed the government’s apologies and Artzyeli accepted them. Then, the Foreign Ministry explained to the public the decision it had made.
“The decision to postpone the presentation of the Letters of Credence must be understood within the framework of the political sensitivity generated by the death of a 17-year-old Palestinian adolescent, in the north of the West Bank, during an operation by the Israeli Army, which occurred on the same day. day of that presentation, indicated the Executive. This, then, was rescheduled for September 30.