Chávez-Israel: War of Words
Chávez: “Colombia is the Israel of Latin America.”
Chavez compared the actions of the Colombian government to those of Israel in the Middle East who he accused of "invading," "bombing," and "killing" the Palestinian people with the intention of "preventing the union of the Arabic world."
"It is the fist of the empire," he said. "And we're not going to let them plant another Israel here in Latin America." (Venezuelanalysis)
Israel replies to Chávez's comments
The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry reacted calmly to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's statements comparing Colombia to the Jew State.
"No country should be offended if compared to Israel, even though Chávez has such an impression," Igal Palmor, a spokesperson for the ministry told DPA in Jerusalem.
"Any comparison to Israel is good, and should be understood that way." (El Universal)