President Gustavo Petro He is still very active on his X account (formerly Twitter), there he has given his opinion about the attack Hamas terrorist group to Israel on the morning of Saturday, October 7 (local time).
Instead of condemning the armed attack, what the head of state has done is justify it and compare what happened in the Middle East with the conflict between Russia and Ukraine: “In my speech at the United Nations I showed how world power treated the Russian occupation of Ukraine and another, very different one, the Israeli occupation of Palestine,” he wrote on his social network.
Again, on the morning of Sunday, October 8, the Colombian head of state once again trilled about what happened, but this time he went further and assured that “the neo-Nazis want the destruction of the Palestinian people, freedom and culture.” . Later, he justified the armed attack on Israel by asserting that “the Palestinian people experience one of the worst injustices in the contemporary world.”
Likewise, the president assured that from a very young age he has studied the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which led him to say that he knows “of the immense injustice that the Palestinian people have suffered since 1948.” He said that alleged injustice is comparable to “the immense injustice suffered by the Jewish people by the Nazis in Europe since 1933.”
“If I had lived in Germany in 1933 I would have fought on the side of the Jews and if I had lived in Palestine in 1948 I would have fought on the Palestinian side,” wrote President Petro.
The armed incursion of Hamas into Israel and the response of the Israeli forces have already left hundreds dead in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli ambassador in Colombia, Gali Daganasked President Petro to condemn the terrorist attacks, but in response, the head of state said that “terrorism is killing innocent children, whether in Colombia or Palestine.”
Likewise, the national leader called for dialogue to seek a peace agreement, something that could not be carried out for many reasons, such as the violent attack by Hamas last Saturday. “The world has asked you and so has my government: I ask Israel and Palestine to come to a table to negotiate peace and to allow the existence of two States and two free and sovereign nations, Israel and Palestine,” the president wrote. in your X account.
This statement made the Israeli ambassador insist on the need to condemn the attack against his country: “His Excellency, Honorable Mr. President Gustavo Petro, in the hands of the Hamas terrorist army, more than 100 Israeli citizens were kidnapped from their homes,”
Then he added: “Help us, Mr. President, together with the international community, so that this beautiful family and all our kidnapped hostages return to their homes as soon as possible.”
President Petro said in response that the Colombian Government is willing to help ensure that there is not a single hostage in that armed conflict. “Of course we are willing to help. The Colombian government is committed to ensuring that there is not a single hostage in the entire territory of Palestine and Israel,” Petro wrote in his X account.
The Confederation of Jewish Communities in Colombia issued a statement in which it condemned the Hamas group’s terrorist attack on Israel and reiterated the country’s “legitimate right to defense.” Furthermore, he compared the reaction of the Colombian head of state to the response given by the leaders of other nations and international organizations to the crisis in the Middle East.
“Just as numerous governments around the world, including those in Latin America, have rejected this action by the Hamas group and have publicly expressed their solidarity with Israel, we hope that the Colombian Government, a world power of life, will make a statement in the same sense in these difficult times.” moments,” the Confederation wrote in a public letter.