Belize became the latest country this week to pull its ambassador from Israel since the beginning of Israel’s war with Gaza-based militant group Hamas citing Israel’s refusal to heed calls for a humanitarian pause in the conflict, as fighting in Gaza enters its sixth week.
In a statement on Tuesday, Belize’s government reiterated calls for an “immediate ceasefire” to allow for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, announcing it will suspend all diplomatic activities in Tel Aviv and withdraw its accreditation for Israel’s ambassador.
Belize’s government also condemned Israel’s fighting in Gaza, accusing its defense forces of violating international humanitarian law (human rights experts have said attacks by Israel and Hamas on civilians have likely violated international law, while the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory stated last month that “there is already clear evidence that war crimes may have been committed”).
Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, a spokesperson for South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced last week the country “decided to withdraw all its diplomats in Tel Aviv,” citing Ramaphosa’s cabinet’s “disappoint[ment] by the refusal of the Israeli government to respect international law and the United Nations resolutions with impunity.”
Chad also recalled its ambassador in Israel, issuing a statement condemning the “loss of numerous innocent civilians and calls for a ceasefire for a durable solution to the Palestinian issue.”
Turkey recalled ambassador Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, according to a statement from Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier this month, calling out Israel for an “unfolding humanitarian tragedy in Gaza” after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “no longer someone we can talk to,” though Erdogan acknowledged: “complete disconnection is not possible, especially in international diplomacy.”
More than 10,000 Palestinians have died in Gaza, the majority being women and minors, according to the Associated Press, citing the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry, while more than 1,400 Israelis have been killed, many of whom were civilians killed in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, which started the ongoing war.
Honduras also recalled its ambassador Roberto Martinez “amid the grave humanitarian situation” in Gaza, the country’s Foreign Minister Enrique Reina said on X, formerly known as Twitter, becoming the latest Latin American country to cut diplomatic ties with Israel.
Bahrain’s Parliament said earlier this month the Middle Eastern country had suspended its economic ties with Israel and recalled its ambassador, while Israel’s ambassador in Bahrain was also sent back to Israel, though Israel’s Foreign Ministry claimed it had not been notified of the decision, calling relations between the two countries “stable,” multiple outlets reported.
Jordan, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, recalled its ambassador and ordered Israel’s ambassador in Jordan not to return to the country, its Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on X, accusing Israel of “killing innocent people” and “causing an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe” with “dangerous possibilities for its expansion.”
Bolivia also broke ties with Israel, with Bolivia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Freddy Mamani condemning the “aggressive and disproportionate Israeli military offensive” in Gaza, according to multiple translations.
Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro announced late last month the country had recalled ambassador Margarita Manjarrez, with Petro also calling for a cease-fire in the conflict.
Chile also brought back its ambassador from Israel, with its Foreign Affairs Ministry issuing a statement saying it “strongly condemns” Israel’s military operations, calling it a “great concern” and arguing Israel’s operations in Gaza equate to “collective punishment.”
Lior Haiat, a spokesperson for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, slammed Turkey’s decision to recall its ambassador in a post on X, calling the move “another step by the Turkish president that sides with the Hamas terrorist organization.”
Netanyahu earlier this month rejected calls for pauses in Israel’s war with Hamas, vowing to continue military operations in Gaza “with full force” and conditioning any pause in Israeli military action on Hamas’ release of Israeli hostages. U.S. officials, along with those of other western countries, have called for pauses in the conflict to allow for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza and for the safe release of hostages. Netanyahu agreed to daily pauses last week.
Netanyahu Rejects U.S. Call For Pauses In Gaza Conflict — Unless Hostages Are Released (Forbes)