Venezuela’s The self-declared president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, told Israel’s Hayom newspaper that he is working to restore relations with Israel. It has been over a decade since Venezuela cut ties with Israel in solidarity with the Palestinians.
Guaido’s embassy announcement could mark a sharp shift in Venezuelan foreign policy, which has traditionally backed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Under Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s predecessor, Venezuela cut ties with Israel over its actions in the 2008-2009 war in Gaza.
The 22-day land, naval and air bombardment saw more than 1,400 Palestinians killed, thousands injured, and massive damage to infrastructure, including homes, factories and schools.
At a rally in 2010, Chavez also alleged that Israel was “financing the Venezuelan opposition” against him.
“There are even groups of Israeli terrorists, of the Mossad, who are after me trying to kill me,” he said.
Guaido has vowed that the opposition, which he has regalvanised after several years of infighting, will keep protesting against Maduro until new presidential elections could be held.