Bolivia will renew diplomatic ties with Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Bolivia will renew diplomatic ties with Israel, a decade after it broke off relations with Israel over its 2008 Operation Cast Lead against Gaza.

Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric made the announcement on Thursday.

She told reporters that the decision to renew relations was made “out of respect for the sovereignty of the state, cordiality and that relations could lead to positive aspects for both sides and contribute to Bolivian tourism.”

In 2010, then-President Evo Morales formally recognized Palestine as an independent and sovereign state within the 1967 borders.

Morales resigned earlier this month and sought asylum in Mexico following a disputed national election.