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Lula withdraws his ambassador from Israel indefinitely for “genocide” in Gaza

Ambassador Frederico Meyer was removed from his responsibilities in Tel Aviv without a replacement.

Brazil and Israel took a new step this Wednesday in their crisis over the war in Gaza with the decision of the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to withdraw the ambassador in Tel Aviv without naming a replacement in the position immediately.

The Brazilian ambassador to Israel, Frederico Meyer, had initially been called for consultations by his government after statements by Lula in February, in which he accused the Israeli government of committing “genocide” in the Gaza Strip, opened a hole in the relationships.

The conditions have not been met “for him to return” to Israel, a source from the Brazilian Foreign Ministry told AFP.

The nearly eight-month conflict has fractured Israel's diplomatic relations with several countries, including Brazil. Following Lula's accusations, Israel declared him “persona non grata.”

After the Brazilian president's accusation, Meyer was summoned to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem for public reprimands in Hebrew, without a translator, defined by the Brazilian source as a "humiliation" to the diplomat.

Brazil then recalled Meyer for consultations and summoned the Israeli representative in Brasilia.

In international diplomacy “there is no reprimand for an ambassador in front of the media” and that pushed Brazil to decide to definitively withdraw its representative in Israel, said the source, who preferred anonymity.

The Brazilian representation in Israel will remain in the hands of the chargé d'affaires, Fabio Farias, and for now the Lula government will not appoint a new ambassador.

Lula, whose country chairs the G20 this year, has been one of the strongest voices on the international scene against the Israeli military offensive in Gaza, motivated by a lethal incursion by Hamas militiamen in southern Israel, which sparked the war on the 7th. October 2023.

Last week, the leftist president celebrated the “historic decision” of Spain, Ireland and Norway to recognize the Palestinian State, a determination that he considered positive to promote peace “efforts” in the Middle East.


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