Brazil President Withdraws His Country’s Ambassador to Israel After Criticizing the War in Gaza

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    Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a ministerial meeting on plans to support Rio Grande do Sul state, which was affected by floods, at the presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    (AP) – Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva withdrew his ambassador to Israel on Wednesday after months of tensions between the two countries over the war in Gaza.

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    The move was announced in Brazil’s official gazette. There was no immediate response from Israel.

    Lula has been a frequent critic of Israel’s offensive in Gaza, which he compared to the Holocaust earlier this year. That led Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz to summon the Brazilian ambassador to the national Holocaust museum in Jerusalem for a public reprimand.

    At the time, Lula called Brazil’s Ambassador Frederico Meyer home. Wednesday’s action represented an escalation — a diplomatic downgrade, with the Brazilian Embassy in Israel still there but without an ambassador in the post.

    According to a person at Brazil’s foreign ministry, the official removal comes was in response to Meyer’s humiliation by Israel’s top diplomat. The person, who has knowledge of the situation, spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

    Meyer has been transferred to Geneva and will join Brazil’s permanent mission to the United Nations and other international organizations.

    In February, Brazil’s Lula said that “what is happening in the Gaza Strip and to the Palestinian people hasn’t been seen in any other moment in history. Actually, it did when Hitler decided to kill the Jews.”


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    FYI
    FYI
    19 days ago

    Lula is a leftist crook, friend and ally of people like Castro, Chavez, and Maduro, so although shameful, this is not such a great surprise from him.

    Alta Bubby
    Alta Bubby
    20 days ago

    A person like this no one needs as an ambassador.
    He should do his research and homework before he speaks

    Brandon
    Brandon
    19 days ago

    By Felicia

    Conservative Carl
    Conservative Carl
    19 days ago

    It’s not “criticizing” if you insist that the only valid path for a country is suicide. Perhaps we should “criticize” the fact that his facial features are not better acquainted with rectangular prisms of clay sediment.