Bolivia’s new interim government, which gained power following what ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales has denounced as a “coup”, has announced plans to renew ties with Israel.
Speaking with international media on Thursday, Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric said the country plans “to restore relations with Israel”, but did not give a date for the planned measure or elaborate on any other related details.
Morales had cut relations with Tel Aviv in 2009 shortly after Israel carried out a deadly three-week incursion into Gaza, killing 1,282 Palestinians, 333 of whom were children.
“Bolivia had diplomatic relations with Israel. [But] considering these grave attacks against…humanity, Bolivia will stop having diplomatic relations with Israel,” Morales said at the time in a speech addressing diplomats in his government palace.
Morales also said that he was seeking to ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to charge Israeli officials for the killings.
In 2010, Morales also formally recognized Palestine as a sovereign and independent state within the 1967-defined borders.
La Paz’s change in policy towards the Israeli regime comes after Morales was forced to resign on November 10 under pressure from armed forces after the country’s US-backed opposition rejected the country’s October election results.
Morales has said there is evidence that Washington orchestrated his ouster.