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Chile apologizes after refusing accreditation of Israeli envoy

Chile’s President Gabriel Boric refused on Thursday to accept the letter of credence from Israel’s ambassador, yet walked back the potential scandal.

According to reports, the president — known as a severe critic of the Jewish state — was angered over the “killing of a Palestinian boy” earlier on Thursday, during an Israeli army operation near Jenin.

Israeli forces were operating to map the house of Oday Salah — the Palestinian terrorist who killed Major Bar Falah earlier in the week — when the 17-year-old Salah opened fired at them and was killed in the exchange.

Israel’s Ambassador Gil Artzyeli was also summoned to the Chilean Foreign Affairs Minister for a talk. However, on Friday Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that Chile apologized for the incident and proposed “turning a new page” in the bilateral relations between the countries.

Boric, who became president last year, is a supporter of the anti-Israeli Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

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