Venezuela to Sever Ties With Israel
Posted on Aug 9, 2006
Hugo Chavez, Venezuela?s feisty president, said he intends to cut diplomatic relations with Israel in protest of its attack on Lebanon, which he called “a new holocaust.” Tensions began to build between Venezuela and Israel after Chavez visited Iran last month, saying he would ?stand by Iran at any time and under any condition.?
In a televised speech, Mr. Chavez said he had “no interest in maintaining diplomatic relations, or offices, or businesses, or anything with a state like Israel”.
Mr. Chavez rounded on Israel at the weekend, accusing the Jewish state of committing a “new Holocaust”.
“Israel has gone mad. It’s attacking, doing the same thing to the Palestinian and Lebanese people that they have criticized - and with reason - the Holocaust. But this is a new Holocaust.”