Countries that have cut ties with Israel or recalled ambassadors

Developing Just Leadership

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Thani 23, 1445 2023-11-07

Daily News Analysis

by Crescent International

To the eternal shame of Arab rulers, not one of them has cut off ties with the zionist regime that is waging a genocidal war on the women and children of Gaza.

That honour goes to Bolivia whose government announced last week that it was cutting diplomatic ties with Israel.

It became the first—and only country—to do so.

Bolivia is in South America, not West Asia and, therefore, has no borders with Israel.

It cut off diplomatic ties as a matter of principle, because of Israel’s barbarous attacks on defenceless Palestinian people.

Eight countries have recalled their ambassadors from Tel Aviv so far.

These include three from South America and two from Africa.

Two Arab countries—Jordan and Bahrain—have also recalled their envoys, as has Turkey.

It was two South American countries that took the lead in recalling their ambassadors from Israel: Colombia and Honduras.

Chile has already recalled its envoy from Tel Aviv.

Bolivia had already cut off ties completely.

In its statement, the Colombian government emphasized the need for a cease-fire and reminded the Israeli regime of its obligations to uphold international law even in a state of war.

Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro wrote on X last week: “I have decided to recall our ambassador to Israel (Margarita Manjarrez) for consultation.

“If Israel does not stop the massacre of the Palestinian people, we cannot be there.”

Honduran President Xiomara Castro also announced last week that his government was recalling its ambassador from Israel.

His statement was posted to X (formerly Twitter).

The Associated Press reported the Foreign Affairs Ministry as saying that “Honduras energetically condemns the genocide and serious violations of international humanitarian law that the civilian Palestinian population is suffering in the Gaza Strip.”

Last week, Chilean President Gabriel Boric had condemned Israel’s attacks on Gaza and announced that Santiago will be pulling its ambassador from Israel.

The Chilean government said in a statement that it is concerned about Israeli violation of international law in its attacks on Gaza.

Describing Israeli attacks as “collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza,” Chile recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv today (November 7).

The two African countries have also recalled ambassadors from Tel Aviv: South Africa and Chad.

Both announced the withdrawal of their ambassador on November 6.

Pretoria said it was pulling its ambassador from Israel and ending its diplomatic mission to the country.

“The South African government has decided to withdraw all its diplomats in Tel Aviv for consultation,” Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said at a press conference.

She added that the Cabinet is “disappointed by the refusal of the Israeli Government to respect international law and the United Nations resolutions with impunity.”

The same day, Chad also pulled its ambassador from Israel.

“Chad condemns the loss of human lives of many innocent civilians and calls for a ceasefire leading to a lasting solution to the Palestinian question,” the Chadian government spokesperson’s statement said, according to CNN.

Among Muslim countries, not one has cut off diplomatic ties.

Following massive protests, Jordan was forced to pull its ambassador from Israel last week.

With 60% of its population being Palestinian, Jordan’s King Abdullah II was facing mounting pressure.

There were massive demonstrations in Amman with people demanding severing ties with the zionist entity as well as expelling the US ambassador.

Jordanian police attacked the protesters, arresting many.

Jordan, an artificial entity like the zionist state, fears that Israel will push Palestinians from the West Bank into Jordan.

Bahrain was the other Arab country that recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv.

Bahrain was part of the Abraham Accords under which two Arab countries established diplomatic relations with Israel in September 2020.

The other Arab sheikhdom to do so was the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Emiratis have not withdrawn their ambassador.

Instead, following Hamas’s daring operation, Abu Dhabi condemned the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement.

Turkiye presents a curious case.

It was the first Muslim country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel as early as 1949.

Even under the self-styled Islamic president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government was slow to take steps.

It was only after mounting public pressure that the modern-day Turkish sultan recalled his ambassador.

He has fired a barrage of rhetorical missiles at Israel without doing anything practical to help the Palestinians.

Other Arab regimes—Egypt, Morocco and Sudan—have not cut ties with Israel or even recalled their ambassadors.

South American and African countries have demonstrated much greater adherence to principles than many Muslim countries.

The Arab regimes represent shamelessness at its worst.

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