Bolivia severs diplomatic ties with Israel over Gaza war Bolivia's president, Evo Morales, has announced that his country is cutting off diplomatic relations with Israel due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Morales accused Israel of committing war crimes and called for an immediate ceasefire. The decision to sever ties with Israel was announced in a televised speech by Morales on Saturday. He condemned Israel's "genocide" in Gaza and said that Bolivia would no longer have diplomatic relations with a country that "permanently violates human rights." Morales also called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the situation in Gaza. He urged the international community to take action and hold Israel accountable for its actions. The Bolivian president has been an outspoken critic of Israel in the past. In 2009, he expelled the Israeli ambassador from Bolivia in protest against Israel's military operations in Gaza at the time. The decision to sever diplomatic ties with Israel was met with support from other Latin American countries. Venezuela, Chile, and Ecuador have also criticized Israel's actions in Gaza and have recalled their ambassadors for consultations. Israel's offensive in Gaza has been ongoing for the past three weeks. The conflict began after a series of rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel, prompting Israeli air strikes in response. The Israeli military has said that its actions are necessary to protect its citizens from rocket attacks and to destroy tunnels used by Hamas militants to infiltrate Israel. However, human rights groups have accused Israel of using disproportionate force and targeting civilian infrastructure in Gaza. The United Nations estimates that more than 1,800 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, most of them civilians. Israel has reported that 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed. The conflict has also sparked widespread protests and anger around the world. There have been mass demonstrations in cities from London to Sydney, calling for an end to the violence and for Israel to be held accountable for its actions. The issue of Israel's military operation in Gaza has divided the international community. While some countries, including the United States and Canada, have defended Israel's right to self-defense, others have condemned Israel for its actions. The announcement by Bolivia to sever diplomatic ties with Israel is the latest sign of international disapproval of Israel's actions in Gaza. It remains to be seen whether other countries will follow suit and take similar action. Meanwhile, the conflict in Gaza shows no signs of abating. Both sides have rejected ceasefire proposals put forward by Egypt, and the violence continues to escalate. The international community must now step up its efforts to broker a lasting ceasefire and bring an end to the suffering in Gaza. Diplomatic pressure must be put on both Israel and Hamas to lay down their weapons and agree to a negotiated settlement. The situation in Gaza is a humanitarian crisis that requires urgent attention. Civilians, especially children, are paying the highest price for this conflict. The international community must do everything in its power to ensure that a ceasefire is reached and that both sides are held accountable for their actions. In the meantime, Bolivia has taken a strong and principled stand against Israel's actions in Gaza. By severing diplomatic ties, Morales has made it clear that his country will not tolerate human rights abuses and will stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. It is now up to the international community to follow Bolivia's lead and take decisive action to bring an end to the violence in Gaza. The innocent lives that have been lost and the suffering of the Palestinian people demand nothing less.
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