In 1947, during a United Nations session, General Assembly Resolution 181 recommended the partition of British Mandate Palestine into one Jewish and one Arab state. Colombia abstained.
In the mid-1950s both countries officially established diplomatic relations and set up embassies in Bogotá and Tel Aviv respectively. Relations improved tremendously in 1988 when major trade agreements[which?] were signed between Israel and Colombia.
The Colombian embassy is located on the eight floor of the Sason Hogi Tower at Abba Hillel Street 12 in the Tel Binyamin neighbourhood of Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv. The ambassador is Isaac Gilinski Sragowicz, a Colombian banker and financier. The Embassy shares its location with the Consulate General of Colombia in Tel Aviv. The Embassy is charged with representing the interests of the President and Government of Colombia, improving diplomatic relations between Colombia and the accredited countries, promoting and improving the image and standing of Colombia in the accredited nations, promoting the Culture of Colombia, encouraging and facilitating tourism to and from Colombia, and ensuring the safety of Colombians abroad.
Colombia has purchased planes, drones, weapons and intelligence systems from Israel. Colombia's deepening ties with Israel are seen by some as a method to counteract growing Iranian influence in Latin America, particularly Tehran's partnership with Venezuela.