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Israel Regrets Calling Brazil 'Diplomatic Dwarf' Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 03:13 AM

The Israeli government has gotten embroiled in a storm of controversy by declaring Brazil a so-called ' diplomatic dwarf.'

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "Israeli President Reuven Rivlin apologized Monday (Aug 12) to his Brazilian counterpart for a remark by a foreign ministry spokesman calling the Latin American powerhouse a "diplomatic dwarf." The comment in July was made by spokesman Yigal Palmor after Brazil criticized Israel's military campaign in Gaza as excessive and recalled its envoy in Tel Aviv."

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff is quoted as saying that she,"reiterated Brazil's historic position ... defending the co-existence between Israel and Palestine as sovereign, economically viable and, above all, safe states."

According to Channel NewsAsia, "In a phone call Monday, Rivlin assured Brazil President Dilma Rousseff that Palmor's comments "do not correspond to the sentiments of the population" of Israel, Rousseff's office said in a statement. Rousseff had criticised Palmor's remarks, saying "Words, including the spokesman's, sometimes create a very bad climate. In this case, we have to be very careful."

The Brazil spat seems to have ended after Israel issued a formal apology.

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