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Brazil has developed as an economic force under the guise of a 'soft' power, so a sharp tongued president may just be what the nation needs, says Derek Sambrook

26 September 2014

Brazil has developed as an economic force under the guise of a 'soft' power, so a sharp tongued president may just be what the nation needs, says Derek Sambrook

Ouch. That must have hurt. Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor, fired a verbal missile at Brazil when he commented that although the country is an economic and cultural giant, it "remains a diplomatic dwarf". The root cause of this ill-tempered remark was Brazil's decision in July to condemn Israel for its "disproportionate use of force" in the recent Gaza Strip offensive. This was followed by Brazil's ambassador in Tel Aviv being recalled for 'consultation'; Ecuador did the same for similar reasons.

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