“The government of Israel expresses sadness and disappointment over the decision by the Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a month before he steps down,” a statement from the Israeli foreign ministry said. The move by Brazil comes as peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are on the brink of collapse following the end of a temporary ban on Jewish settlement building in the oocupied West Bank.
Brazil recognises Palestine, US fails on new Israel freeze
Brazil recognized the state of Palestine based on borders before Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. The foreign ministry said the recognition was in response to a request made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to President Lula da Silva earlier this year.