The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold consultations on Sunday to decide on an Israeli response to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s decision to temporarily recall his ambassador to Israel in protest of Israel’s actions in Lebanon.
It is believed that Israel will recall its ambassador in Caracas, Shlomo Cohen, for consultations in the matter.
Venezuela’s ambassador to Israel, Hector Tintro, left Israel this morning and returned to his country. President Chavez announced his decision in a speech to the nation where he called Israel’s attacks on Lebanon “genocide.” “It angers me to see how Israel is continuing to bomb and kill with the assistance of the United States and using its airplanes. So many innocent women and children are being killed. It is difficult to explain why the world is not doing anything in order to stop these atrocities,” he said.
In an interview to Al Jazeerah Television, Chavez said that the Israeli attacks are unjustified aggression which is carried out in a fascistic, Hitler-like fashion.
Chavez visited Iran last week and met with Iranian President MahmOud Ahmadinejad and received the Iranian Medal of Honor for his support of the Iranian Nuclear program. Both sides decided to deepen the relationship between the two countries. During his visit to Iran, Chavez said that Israel is doing to the Palestinians and Lebanese what Hitler did to the Jews.
Officials in Jerusalem said that Chavez had officially joined the axis of evil and to the non-respectable list of insane leaders such as Iranian President Ahmadinejad who often calls Chavez his “brother.” The Hizballah, incidentally, quickly praised Chavez for his decision. Vice chairman of the Hizballah’s political council Mahmoud Komati said that this is an example of a true revolutionary.