President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva refused to pay respect at the grave of Zionism’s founder Theodor Herzl. But the Brazilian leader payed respect to the founder of the PLO.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva laid a wreath on the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah on Wednesday. Afterwards he insisted the anti-terror fence which Israel built around the West Bank must come down.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Da Silva added that he «dreams» of establishing an independent Palestinian state.
Da Silva also weighed in on the recent row between Washington and Jerusalem over a Jewish housing project in the capital city.
«The U.S. today is in disagreement and conflict with Israel. It was never expected to see these two allies in such a disagreement. We do not know if this is the missing magic that was needed to reach an agreement», Da Silva said.
Israel was critical of Da Silva’s visit to Arafat’s grave, since he had refused to also visit the grave of Zionism’s founder Theodor Herzl. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman boycotted any meetings with Da Silva because of the Herzl snub.
The Brazilian President should not be re-invited to visit the state of Israel. To refuse to may respect to the founding father of the Jewish nation is of course distasteful. But when Da Silva demonstrate his anti-Jewish attitudes by underlining his pro Islamic agenda, He will be better off in South America than in the Middle East.
In fact Da Silva has found a new friend in Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I wonder how many days it will take before also the Brazilian President becomes a Holocaust denier?