Ecuador’s president cancels Israel visit in support of Gaza

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — President Raphael Correa of Ecuador canceled a planned visit to Israel over the conflict in Gaza.

Correa was scheduled to visit Israel later this year, the Prensa Latina newspaper reported.

“Obviously, after these events, we have canceled the visit,” Correa said Wednesday, referring to Israel’s operation in Gaza.

The cancellation came two days after Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced that Ecuador would open an embassy in the Palestinian Authority. Ecuador already has a diplomatic delegation in Ramallah in the West Bank, according to Prensa Latina.