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  • Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu will visit Colombia for the swearing-in ceremony of Ivan Duque.

    Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu will visit Colombia for the swearing-in ceremony of Ivan Duque. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 July 2018

The Israeli prime minister will visit Latin America for the second time in less than a year. Last year visits were received by protests in Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Colombia for the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected Ivan Duque, on August 7, which would be his second visit of to Latin America in less than a year, when he visited Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia in September 2017.

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His last visit was greeted with protests as he toured several countries in Latin America last year. Protesters accused the State of Israel of using genocidal policies against the Palestinian People, which included ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in Gaza and the Occupied Territories.

He was also rejected due to his January 2017 comments expressing his support for the expansion of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.

During the campaign, the then far-right candidate Ivan Duque said that he was considering to move the Colombian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and become the third country in Latin America to follow the example of the U.S. Trump's administration, after Guatemala and Paraguay

He was considering “the possibility of placing the diplomatic seat in Jerusalem” and that he wishes to “maintain the best possible relations with the state of Israel,” as Duque said on May 16. 

Duque has stated in several occasions his close relationship with Israel, he has praised them on the recovery of "their historical territories" and blamed the Palestinian resistance for the attacks in which over a hundred Palestinians were murdered by the Israeli forces, using the same arguments used by the Israeli government.

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