Colombia Breaks Ties With Israel Over Gaza, Invites Others To Follow Suit.

Photo: Pixabay. All quiet in downtown Bogota, the capital of Colombia.
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Colombian President Gustavo Petro has announced that the South American country will cut diplomatic ties with Israel as of Thursday over the latter’s military deployment in Gaza at the behest of its “genocidal” head of government Bibi Netanyahu.

Petro added  that “if Palestine dies, humanity dies.”

Several other countries have already severed relations with Israel including South Africa, Belize, and  Bolivia.

“Today all of humanity, in the streets, by the millions, agrees with us,” he stressed while adding that “the times of genocide” cannot return. For that reason, Petro invited the international community to follow suit because Israel was “a genocidal state” with which it is no longer “possible to continue being an ally.”

“The world could be summed up in one word, which vindicates resistance, that word is called Gaza, it is called Palestine, the children who have died dismembered by bombs. The Government of Change reports that relations with the State of Israel will be broken,” Petro said.

Petro’s move ends a relationship of almost 70 years through which Colombia bought mostly military and chemical industry items.

During 2023, Colombian exports to Israel amounted to US$ 499.2 million and topped US$1 billion the year before. Between 2020 and 2023, Colombia’s sales to Israel -mostly of fuels, mineral oils and byproducts, in addition to coffee, tea, and spices- averaged US$ 452.3 million.

Colombia’s military is equipped with Israeli-designed 5.56 mm Galil rifles, which have been manufactured under license in the South American country since 2002.

Since January 2024, electrical equipment, optical instruments, photography gear, and air navigation devices accounted for the largest share of Colombia’s purchases from Israel.

In response, Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said Petro was a “hate-filled anti-Semite” who “decided to side with the most despicable monsters known to mankind who burned babies, murdered children, raped women and kidnapped innocent civilians.”

“The president of Colombia promised to reward Hamas murderers and rapists, and today he kept his promise. History will remember” what Gustavo Petro did, insisted Katz on X while recalling that relations between the two countries had always been “warm” and that an “anti-Semitic and hate-filled president will not be able to change that.”

Source: MercoPress.
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