Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni decided to recall Israeli Ambassador Shlomo Cohen for consultations in Israel in protest of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s hostile behavior comparing the Israel Army’s actions in Lebanon and Gaza to Hitler and the Nazis. This was also in reaction to Chavez’s decision to recall his own ambassador for consultations in Caracas.
Livni arrived at her decision after several consultations with officials within the Foreign Ministry. The decision came after Venezuelan ambassador Hector Tintro left Israel Sunday morning for Caracas after being summoned by President Chavez in protest of Israel’s activities in Gaza and Lebanon.
Senior officials in Jerusalem said yesterday that, “Chavez decided to embrace the most extreme elements in the Middle East starting with the Iranian president who is calling for the destruction of Israel, and who calls Chavez, ‘my brother’.”