Brazil announces that it won’t backdown its president’s comments and announce withdraws its ambassador to Israel immediately and expels the Israeli ambassador from its territory

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Informed sources said on Monday that Brazil doesn’t intend to backdown the comments of its President Luiz Inacio da Silva, in which he likened the Israeli war on Gaza to Hitler’s treatment of the Jews.

These comments sparked a diplomatic dispute between the two countries, as a result of which Brazil recalled its ambassador to Israel, whose officials formally addressed him after Lula’s statements on Saturday.

“What is happening in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian people is unparalleled in other historical moments,” Lula told reporters during the 37th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

“In fact, that was when Hitler decided to kill the Jews”.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said earlier on Monday that the Brazilian president will remain “persona non grata” in Israel until he retracts his comments.

A statement issued by Katz’s office stated that the minister told the Brazilian ambassador, “We’ll not forget and we will not forgive… It’s a serious anti-Semitic attack”.

Katz’s office added, “In my name and in the name of the citizens of Israel – inform President Lula that he is persona non grata in Israel so that he can retract what he said”.

The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it would summon Israel’s ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Zonshaini, to a meeting in Rio de Janeiro, where Minister Mauro Vieira is attending a meeting of the G20 countries.

The sources reported that Lula directed not to withdraw the comments and to provide any answers through diplomatic channels.

Brazil recalled its ambassador to Israel, which, for its part, said that Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wasn’t welcome amid a diplomatic dispute due to his likening of Israel’s current war on Gaza to Hitler’s treatment of the Jews.

On Monday, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that measures had been taken, including summoning the Israeli ambassador for talks, after Israeli officials issued an official rebuke to the Brazilian ambassador to Israel following Lula’s statements on Saturday.

“What is happening in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian people is unparalleled in other historical moments,” Lula told reporters during the 37th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

“In fact, that was when Hitler decided to kill the Jews”.

The Brazilian Foreign Ministry said that it would summon Israel’s ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Zonshaini, to a meeting in Rio de Janeiro, where Brazil’s top diplomat is attending a meeting of G20 countries.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Channel 13 reported that Brazil issued a decision to expel its Israeli ambassador due to the war on Gaza.

The Gaza war began when Hamas sent fighters to Israel on October 7 in an attack that Israeli statistics say killed 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and took 253 hostages.

Since then, the Israeli air and ground attack has destroyed most of the Gaza Strip, killing more than 29,000 people, most of them civilians, according to Palestinian health authorities, and forcing almost the entire population of the Strip, which numbers more than two million people, to be displaced.

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