A lesson on international affairs from Venezuela?

Way outside of the Washington Consensus, hated by many, controversial by nature, it seems that Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, is earning some points with the international audience avid of explicit official demonstrations of disapproval of the Israel´s attack in Gaza. Via CNN:

On Tuesday, Venezuela expelled Israel’s ambassador to Caracas and accused Israel of attempting to carry out “genocide” against the Palestinian people.

“In this tragic and indignant hour, the people of Venezuela manifest their unconditional solidarity with the heroic Palestinian people, share in the sadness that overcomes thousands of families through the loss of their loved ones, and extends to them a hand by affirming that the government of Venezuela will not rest until it sees those responsible for these criminal atrocities severely punished,” the Venezuelan foreign minister said in a statement read by an anchor on state television.

The statement added that the government “condemns strongly the flagrant violations of international law” by Israel and “denounces their planned utilization of state terrorism.”

“For the above-mentioned reasons, the government of Venezuela has decided to expel the ambassador of Israel and some of the personnel of the Israeli Embassy in Venezuela,” it added.

In a news conference broadcast by state-run Venezuelan television, President Hugo Chávez blasted the Israeli military.

“They are cowards,” he said. “It’s as though a boxing professional were to come here and challenge you to box. Well, how courageous! How courageous is the Israeli army!”

It said that Chávez “makes a fraternal call to the Jewish people throughout the world to oppose these criminal policies of the state of Israel that recall the worst pages of the history of the 20th century.


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