“Two are better off than one, in that they have greater benefit from their earnings.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (The Israel Bible™)
Latin America is “hungry for Israeli technology,” a senior Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit to the region next week.
Deputy Director General at the Foreign Ministry’s Latin America and Caribbean Division, Modi Ephraim, said the visit will have historic significance, as it will be the first by a sitting Israeli prime minister.
Netanyahu will visit Colombia, Argentina and Mexico during his tour, which begins Sunday. Apart from meeting the leaders of those four countries, he will also meet Paraguay’s president. Ephraim told Israel Hayom that the Jewish state has diplomatic relations with all Latin American countries except Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia.
Ephraim said although Netanyahu will not meet Brazilian President Michel Temer, the “crisis with Brazil is over and the bilateral dialogue between the two countries is to be resumed in November.” Ephraim was referring to Brasilia’s refusal to accept the credentials of former settler leader Danny Dayan as ambassador two years ago.
Netanyahu will discuss Hezbollah, Iran and the fight against terrorism during his visit, as well as the Palestinian Authority’s activity in the region. Mexico, Colombia and other countries have not recognized a Palestinian state despite the PA’s diplomatic maneuvers on the matter.
Netanyahu will also honor the 114 people who were killed in the bombings in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994, which targeted the Israeli Embassy and the Jewish Community Center known as AMIA. Four Israelis were killed in the embassy bombing.
Netanyahu will be accompanied by Israeli business leaders from various fields, including agriculture, communications, water and security.