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Newsline: President of Chile refuses to accept Israeli ambassador’s credentials

The president of Chile sparked a diplomatic row with Israel Thursday, after he snubbed Israel’s new ambassador to Chile. On Thursday, Israel’s new ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzeyli, was scheduled to meet with President Gabriel Boric and to present his credentials and formally replace Marina Rosenberg as ambassador. The ceremony – typically a formality – made international news, however, when Artzeyli was rebuffed at the last minute. Walla reported that Artzeyli had already arrived at the presidential residence when he was refused entry. According to a report by Israel’s Yediot Aharanot, Artzeyli was told that the meeting was cancelled after Boric was angered by Israel allegedly “killing children in Gaza”. (https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/359936) In fact, Boric appeared to be referencing the killing of a 17-year-old Palestinian Arab who had attacked IDF soldiers during an operation early Thursday morning, following the murder of IDF Major Bar Falah. Late Thursday night, Chile’s foreign ministry issued an apology to Artzyeli. Chilean foreign ministry officials said the ceremony for receiving Artzyeli’s credentials has been rescheduled to October.

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