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Bolivia restores relations with Israel


November 27, 2019 "Information Clearing House" -  Morales cut off relations with Israel in December 2008 after an Israeli offensive in Gaza

Bolivia said Thursday it is restoring diplomatic relations with Israel, which it severed in 2009 under then president Evo Morales over Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Foreign Minister Karen Longaric made the announcement in a meeting with foreign reporters, without giving a date for the establishment or giving any other details.

The announcement comes as Bolivia faces a leadership crisis that saw Morales resign on November 10 and flee to Mexico in the wake of a disputed election that triggered days of deadly street protests.

The interim government also named a temporary ambassador to the United States this week for the first time in more than a decade while eschewing traditional allies Venezuela and Cuba. 

Morales cut off relations with Israel in December 2008 after an Israeli offensive in Gaza in which hundreds of Palestinians were killed. He also classified Israel as a terrorist nation and cancelled an accord under which Israelis could visit Bolivia without a visa.

"It was a political measure that did not take into effect the collateral effects, such as economic and trade issues," said Longaric, adding that restoring these ties would be good for the Bolivian tourism industry. 

Bolivia has recognized Palestinian statehood since the 1980s.

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