Netanyahu says comments by Brazil president serve to ‘trivialize the Holocaust’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a ministerial meeting to discuss infrastructure investment projects at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 3, 2023. (Evaristo Sa/AFP)
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a ministerial meeting to discuss infrastructure investment projects at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 3, 2023. (Evaristo Sa/AFP)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joins the condemnation of Brazil’s president for comparing Israel’s war on Hamas to the Holocaust, saying Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva “crossed a red line.”

“The words of the president of Brazil are shameful and alarming,” says Netanyahu in a statement. “This is about trivializing the Holocaust and trying to harm the Jewish people and Israel’s right to defend itself.”

“Comparing Israel to the Nazi Holocaust and Hitler is crossing a red line,” Netanyahu continues. “Israel fights for its defense and securing its future until complete victory and it does so while upholding international law.”

He says that the decision to summon Brazil’s envoy for a “stern reprimand” was made by him alongside Foreign Minister Israel Katz.

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