Israel Appoints Ambassador to Paraguay After Embassy Dispute

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -
In this handout picture released by Paraguay’s Government Press Office, President Mario Abdo Benitez, center, talks to Israel’s new ambassador to Paraguay, Yoed Magen, left, as Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas Palacios, right, listens, during official ceremony, at Lopez Palace, Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday. (Anibal Ovelar/Paraguay’s Government Press Office via AP)

Yoed Magen has been accredited as the new Israeli ambassador to Paraguay amid tensions between the two nations, the Paraguayan state news agency said Wednesday.

The announcement comes after Paraguay announced last September that it was moving its embassy in Israel out of Yerushalayim and back to Tel Aviv, just months after a previous Paraguayan administration had opened the new mission.

Israel responded by shutting its embassy in Paraguay and warning that ties between the countries would be “strained” by the decision. Its new ambassador to Paraguay will work from neighboring Argentina.

Israel had hoped to build on the momentum started by the U.S., Guatemala and Paraguay, which all moved their embassies to Yerushalayim in May 2018.