Luis Fleischman, CENTER FOR SECURITY POLICY starts this article by listing many of the anti-Israel positions of Latin America. They are extreme, plentiful and unmistakeable.
During the recent “Operation Protecting Edge” held by Israel in response to attacks by Hamas against Israeli civilians, most Latin American countries took a prejudiced and intentionally political attitude against the State of Israel.
Why would Latin American countries move to join condemnations of Israel at a time when not even one Arab country was willing to do so? The reason is that it provides them with another ideological tool to ingratiate themselves with third world countries and confront the United States face to face and send the message that the U.S. is no longer “the boss” in the region.
The fact that Brazil joins hands with Venezuela is not new since I already stated it multiple times that Brazil has been and is the most valuable political ally of Venezuela.
But the fact that Brazil and Venezuela continue to join hands on international politics is not coincidental and ultimately may have deeper consequences for the geo-politics of the region and for human rights.
The region, under the leadership of Brazil, has searched for South-South cooperation, not only for economic reasons. Latin America seeks a second independence, this time from the United States. Brazil often has great influence over the political thinking and foreign policies of other Latin American counties as it practices an ideological and autonomous foreign policy. So solidarity with the third world is encouraged and making common cause with other regions in the Arab world and Africa, which are also considered “victims of colonialism and exploitation by the developed world” makes sense.
This has already led Brazil and much of the rest of the Latin American countries to support the “Brasilia Declaration” of May 2005, which called for eliminating American sanctions on Syria; commended and defended Sudan at a time it was committing acts of genocide in Darfur; and; adopted an apologetic attitude towards terrorism by calling to investigate the causes of terrorism. Likewise, Brazil never condemned the genocide in Syria or the persecutions of Christians in Iraq.
In other words, Brazil is not concerned about genocides or human rights, as has been demonstrated time and time again.
This is why the emergence of Brazil at the international level will be harmful because it has not demonstrated a moral criterion for judging right.
Brazil, which aspires to a permanent seat on the Security Council of the United Nations is trying to get the sympathy of those members of the United Nations to form a majority consistently hostile towards Israel. In this case, Brazil would be no different from China and Russia, two apologists of rogue states and terrorist groups. It is crucial to stand up to Brazil’s international ambition. Brazil’s place in the Security Council must be denied and its regional influence must be stopped and counterbalanced until Brazil’s government is able to demonstrate good moral criteria, concern for human rights, and distances itself from the distorted world view of the non-aligned countries.