Wednesday, August 09, 2006
"They have also recalled their ambassador and our next step will most likely be to break off diplomatic relations. I have no interest in maintaining diplomatic relations, or offices, or businesses, or anything with a state like Israel."
"Israel has gone mad. It's attacking, doing the same thing to the Palestinian and Lebanese people that they have criticised - and with reason - the Holocaust. But this is a new Holocaust."
And the leftist Mr Chavez recently spoke out in support of Iran - the Middle East state backs the Lebanese guerilla group Hezbollah.
During a visit to Tehran at the end of last month, Mr Chavez said Venezuela would "stand by Iran at any time and under any condition".
Posted by Jesus Reyes at 9:30 PM