Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez assured World Jewish Congress (WJC) leaders on Wednesday that he would work with the Jewish community against anti-Semitism. The meeting succeeded in allaying much of the fear among Jewish leaders about increasing anti-Semitism in the South American country.
Fears founded: as I have posted, following last December’s attack on the Hebraica Jewish Center in Caracas, the ADL issued a report titled The Chavez Regime: Fostering Anti-Semitism and Supporting Radical Islam, which detailed the trend in Venezuela of increasing anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. Venezuela recalled its ambassador to Israel back in 2006. Just last May the Venezuelan ambassador to Russia, talking about the 2002 coup, said (emphasis added)
The organizers of that coup d’etat were the CIA and the Israeli intelligence service Mossad. These foreign secret services had many agents in Venezuela. Furthermore, many Mossad’s snipers took part in the coup d’etat. These snipers were citizens of Venezuela but were Jews. After the defeat of the insurgents all these snipers disappeared.
During the WJC visit,
Chavez told the delegation that he would arrange a joint statement condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination with Brazilian and Argentinian leaders, Schneider added.
The Venezuelan government maintains that there are open relations with the local Jewish community, despite disagreements over issues such as Venezuela’s burgeoning alliance with Iran. In addition, Venezuela has not had a fully accredited ambassador in Israel since 2006, when Chavez recalled his nation’s representative over what he termed a “genocide” and “new Holocaust” perpetrated by Israel during the Second Lebanon War. That conflict was sparked by the Iranian proxy militia in Lebanon, the Islamist Hizbullah terror organization.
Today’s article says that “the meeting succeeded in allaying much of the fear among Jewish leaders about increasing anti-Semitism” in Venezuela. I would suggest that the WJC follow Ronald Reagan’s famous words,
It’s still trust but verify. It’s still play, but cut the cards. It’s still watch closely. And don’t be afraid to see what you see.
only that there is no reason to trust Chavez.