The inauguration of the Arafat Circle in San Salvador has caused dismay in Israel. No capital has taken similar step to honor the memory of someone whose legacy was so negative.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The inauguration of the Arafat Circle in San Salvador has caused dismay in Israel. No capital has taken similar step to honor the memory of someone whose legacy was so negative.

It is unfortunate that in a space of little over a year, this is the second time that people of ill will have succeeded in erecting monuments whose messages contradict the cordial relations between Israel and El Salvador.

Under these circumstances the Foreign Ministry decided to delay the return of Israel’s ambassador to El Salvador. Israel calls upon the competent authorities to take the appropriate steps to rectify the situation.