Israel and Venezuela

by Richard Hugus  

February 20, 2019


Pro-Guaido rally in Caracas—teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) February 2, 2019

Venezuela cut diplomatic ties with Israel after Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2008 – 2009. At the time, Hugo Chavez was president of Venezuela. The attack on Gaza, called “Operation Cast Lead,” saw Israeli fighter jets bomb schools, mosques, water treatment facilities, electrical generators, and residential areas, killing almost 1,400 Palestinians, a third of them women and children. Bombs were dropped containing white phosphorus. The people of Gaza had no defense against the bombing.

Venezuela’s rejection of Israel for war crimes and genocide have continued up to today with President Maduro. On February 12, 2019, the US puppet, Juan Guaido, declared, without any authority or mandate whatsoever, that he was interested in “stabilizing relations with Israel.” A few days later, Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel recognized Guaido as the president of Venezuela. Guaido and the forces behind him are now in open co-operation with the Zionist project. Guaido’s recognition of Israel tells us all we need to know about who he is.

The recent coup attempt on Venezuela was conceived and organized by the United States. While Venezuela’s oil is no doubt an important factor, the purpose of this coup is to bring Venezuela into line with the “new world order” announced by George Bush before the US attacked Iraq in 1991. The major figures in the new world order have been US neoconservatives loyal to and working for the state of Israel. John Bolton and Eliot Abrams are two such people.

John Bolton, a neoconservative who has held high positions in different US administrations, has made a career of promoting war against Israel’s enemies: Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Iran. Since joining the Trump administration, he has been pushing hard for war against Iran, and he is now supervising the attack on Venezuela.

Eliot Abrams is a neoconservative who organized the funding of the right-wing contras in Nicaragua during the Reagan Administration. He was part of an illegal scheme in which the US supplied arms to Israel; Israel then sold the arms to Iran, and the funds were used to support the contras in Nicaragua. The contras were US proxy forces fighting the socialist Sandinistas.

Abrams also supported death squads in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. He went on to support the attempted coup against Hugo Chavez in 2002. He is now directly in charge of the coup attempt against Nicholas Maduro.

People might think that Israel is only involved in attacking Palestine and its neighbors in the Middle East. Not so. Israel has been heavily involved in Latin America since the 1950s. Israel has supplied arms to, trained, and advised right-wing forces in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Israel’s main export is political repression, based on its own experience with Palestinians. Israel has been involved in a similar long list of countries in Africa. The stealth superpower, it acts on almost every continent.

In the US, Zionist neoconservatives occupy key positions in the White House. Almost the entire US Congress takes orders from AIPAC. These are the forces who are attacking Venezuela today. Venezuela is now in the same struggle as Palestine.