December 10, 2023

The Israel government has criticized the Belize government for suspending diplomatic ties, claiming that the decision aligns with Iran-led terrorism. Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman, Lior Haiat, accused Belize of ignoring the recent massacre in Gaza and kidnapped citizens, while also continuing to operate in Gaza according to international law. Belize suspended ties with Israel due to Israel’s refusal to implement a ceasefire in Gaza, amidst global protests for a ceasefire in Operation Swords of Iron. The Belize government has condemned the actions of the IDF in Gaza, appealing to Israel for immediate ceasefire and access to humanitarian supplies, but has not received a favorable response. Belize has joined other Latin American countries in suspending ties or recalling ambassadors from Israel.