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Venezuela withdraws Israel ambassador

July 2, 2012

Friday, August 4. 2006

Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, said he has recalled his country’s ambassador to Israel to show his “indignation” over the military offensive in Lebanon.

In a televised speech on Thursday, he called the Israeli attacks “genocide”.

He said: “It really causes indignation to see how the state of Israel continues bombing, killing … with all of the power they have, with the support of the United States.”

Chavez has repeatedly criticised the Israeli offensive.

He said: “It’s hard to explain to oneself how nobody does anything to stop this horror.”

His government has until recently said it had good relations with Israel.

During a recent visit to Iran, Chavez called Israeli attacks on Lebanon a “fascist outrage”.

He said: “The Israeli elite repeatedly criticise Hitler’s actions against the Jews, and indeed Hitler’s actions must be criticised, not just against the Jews but against the world. It’s also fascism what Israel is doing to the Palestinian people … terrorism and fascism.”

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