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Nicaragua to reestablish diplomatic ties with Israel
Seven years after suspending relations with the Jewish state in protest of the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara, the republic follows Turkey in reestablishing ties.

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu teased the impending renewal of diplomatic relations with another country, which Ynet has learned to be Nicaragua.

 

 

Netanyahu was speaking at an official memorial ceremony for deceased former heads of Israeli government and state in Jerusalem. He commented, “Today, we are blessed with excellent relations with more than 160 countries. That number is growing. Next week, another country will announce the establishment of relations with the State of Israel.”

 

In this July 3, 2016, file photo Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and first lady Rosario Murillo, wave to supporters during an event commemorating the 36th anniversary of the Sandinista National Liberation Front withdrawal to Masaya, in Managua, Nicaragua. (Photo: AP)
In this July 3, 2016, file photo Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and first lady Rosario Murillo, wave to supporters during an event commemorating the 36th anniversary of the Sandinista National Liberation Front withdrawal to Masaya, in Managua, Nicaragua. (Photo: AP)

 

Nicaragua suspended diplomatic ties with Israel in 2010 in protest of the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship that was attempting to break the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip. In the incident, nine persons were killed.

 

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s decision to sever ties was announced by his wife and government communications chief, Rosario Murillo, who is now the country’s vice president. Murillo announced then that her government “underscored the illegal nature of the attack on a humanitarian mission in clear violation of international and humanitarian law.”

 

(Translated and edited by J. Herzog)

 

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