Palestinian Authority officials on Sunday issued a number of statements mourning the passing of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Castro broke off Cuba’s diplomatic relations with Israel in 1973 in support of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s campaign against the Jewish state.
Through the PLO was seen by most nations as a terrorist organization, Castro officially recognized the group and its leader, Yasser Arafat, as the legitimate representatives of “Palestine.”
Castro and Arafat had a long and warm friendship as fellow “revolutionaries.”
Israeli leaders were for the most part mum on Castro’s passing. The long-time Cuban leader had a complicated relationship with Israel and the Jews.
Castro initially was supportive of Israel, but, most believe, as a result of Cold War alliances ended up supporting the Palestinian cause. But that never stopped Castro from preventing antisemitism in Cuba.
In his later years, Castro did publicly recognize Israel and even indirectly praised the tenacity of the Jewish nation.