Rethink the move, local leader says
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.