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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo: Amit Shaabi

Israel recognizes Venezuela's opposition as official government

Israeli officials finally break silence on the political unrest in the Latin American country as Netanyahu issues official statement recognizing Venezuelan self-declared interim president as the country's legitimate leader.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that Israel had decided to recognize the opposition in Venezuela as the country’s official government. According to official sources the move comes in light of intense pressure applied on the Israeli government by the United States.



"Israel joins the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America and countries in Europe in recognizing the new leadership in Venezuela," said the prime minister in a video message.


Netanyahu recognizes Venezuelan opposition

Netanyahu recognizes Venezuelan opposition


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Up until now, Israeli officials kept mum on the unrest in Venezuela due to fears it might harm the Jewish community in the Latin American country after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro broke off diplomatic ties with the United States. Maduro’s government has been accused of fostering anti-Semitism and extreme anti-Israeli views due to Venezuela's expanding relations with Iran.


Last week, Maduro ordered American diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours, after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president during a rally on Wednesday. Guaido's call for elections in the country quickly won the backing of the Trump administration, and was later followed by similar statements from Canada and a slew of right-leaning Latin American governments, including Venezuela’s neighbors Brazil and Colombia.


 Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido  (Photo: Reuters)
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (Photo: Reuters)


Venezuela's 20,000 Jewish population has dropped by more than 50 percent over the past decade—with most emigrating to the United States, Mexico or Israel—due to concerns over rising anti-Semitism as well as economic and political unrest in the oil-rich state.


Today, some 5,000-6,000 Jews still live in Venezuela, the majority of whom reside in the capital Caracas. The community preserves the traditional Jewish lifestyle, attending synagogues, Jewish schools and community centers.


פרסום ראשון: 01.27.19, 17:32
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