By Jaylan Boyle, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva's visit to Israel and Palestine concluded last Wednesday in Ramallah, as he expressed his wish that an independent Palestinian state become a reality as soon as possible during a final address to the media.

President Lula's visit, the first by a Brazilian head of state to the region, has not been without controversy, and once again he has not shied away from voicing his opinions on the subjects that polarize. Israeli press reported that foreign ministry officials in Jerusalem were 'fuming' over . . .

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