Re­think the move, lo­cal leader says

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THE LEADER of Paraguay’s Jewish com­mu­nity, Jack Fleis­chman, has con­demned the coun­try’s de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate the coun­try’s em­bassy back to Tel Aviv af­ter just three months.

He said: “Any­one who has read the Bi­ble will know that Jerusalem is the eter­nal cap­i­tal of the Jewish peo­ple.”

Mr Fleis­chman said he was shocked that, just 20 days af­ter tak­ing power, Pres­i­dent Mario Abdo Benítez had re­versed his pre­de­ces­sor’s de­ci­sion to sit­u­ate the em­bassy in Jerusalem.

The move prompted Is­rael to an­nounce it would close its em­bassy in Asun­ción en­tirely, while the Pales­tinian Author­ity an­nounced plans to open a mis­sion of its own in the city.

“I re­gret Is­rael’s de­ci­sion. The re­ac­tion of clos­ing the em­bassy was a lit­tle ex­ag­ger­ated and we urge au­thor­i­ties to re­con­sider it,” Mr Benítez told a news con­fer­ence last week.

He said Paraguay would “stick to in­ter­na­tional law and the United Na­tions’ res­o­lu­tion that still con­sid­ers it a ter­ri­tory in con­flict” be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans.

The World Jewish Congress es­ti­mates around 1,000 Jews live in Paraguay to­day.

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