Chilean President Gabriel Boric refused this Thursday (17) to receive the Israeli ambassador, Gil Artzyeli, at La Moneda Palace, according to the local press.
Artzyeli had been summoned to hand over his credentials to the president, but according to local media, Boric would have refused the visit after being informed of the alleged murder of a Palestinian teenager in an Israeli army operation.
A 17-year-old was killed this Thursday with a gunshot wound to the head during clashes in the Jenin region of the occupied West Bank.
According to reports , this fact made the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonia Urrejola, inform the ambassador of the president’s decision to postpone the presentation of credentials.
The local media highlighted that the government “denies that it was a grievance to Israel.”
Sources from the Chilean Foreign Ministry confirmed to Agência Efe that, after the episode, the undersecretary of Rela Chile’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ximena Fuentes, met with the Israeli ambassador.
On the other hand, according to the press, the Chilean ambassador to Israel, Jorge Carvajal, received a call from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to express his displeasure with Boric’s attitude.
The episode generated diplomatic tension between the two countries. Senator Carmen Gloria Aravena, president of the Chile-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, made up of other 14 senators from different benches, declared that what happened “is not just an affront to a country with which the Chile maintains a long and close friendship, but it also puts bilateral relations at risk.”
Aravena, a former member of the right-wing Evópoli party, assured that he “does not remember an incident so serious that it Chile has had in terms of foreign policy lately” and asked the government and Boric to formally apologize to Israel.