Former President Sebastián Piñera won Chile’s presidential election on Sunday, December 17. His triumph demonstrates a turn towards the center-right in a region that has been dominated by leftist movements for over a decade. In 2012, Piñera became the first Chilean president to visit Israel, a fact that sets great expectations for the future of bilateral cooperation.
As the largest Palestinian community outside the Middle East advances an aggressive anti-Israel agenda bordering on anti-Semitism, Chile is facing constant attacks on its democracy and its heritage of inclusiveness.
This July marks 25 years since Israel and Vietnam officially established diplomatic relations. In celebration of this important milestone, Daniel Silver, Assistant Director of AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute, interviewed H.E. Nadav Eshcar, Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam, on the past 25 years of relations and what the future holds.