Bolivia became the first country to Latin America in announcing the breaking of diplomatic relations with Israelwithin the framework of the war with Hamas, while Chile called its ambassador for consultations.
The decision of the La Paz government, announced on Tuesday, came “in repudiation and condemnation of the aggressive and disproportionate Israeli military offensive being carried out in the Gaza Strip,” said the vice chancellor, Fredy Mamani.
Bolivia considers the actions of the Israeli government to be a “threat to international peace and security.”
Hours before, President Luis Arce had spoken of “war crimes” by Israel.
“We cannot remain silent and continue allowing the suffering of Palestinians, especially boys and girls who have the right to live in peace.”
Bolivia’s decision was followed shortly after by Chile’s announcement that He called his ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations.
“The State of Israel that runs Netanyahu and injures or kills 420 children daily. Nothing justifies this barbarism in Gaza, nothing,” President Gabriel Boric said emphatically on the social network X.
The Chilean head of state justified the decision in the “violations of fundamental norms of international law” by Tel Aviv.
Chile has a thriving and influential Palestinian community. In September 2022, Boric canceled his presence at the last minute at the presentation of credentials of the new Israeli ambassador in protest against the murder of a 17-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank.