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Israeli envoy banished from Venezuela: Chavez' door closed

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Israeli envoy banished from Venezuela: Chavez' door closed

Ambassador to Venezuela talks to Ynet after being declared persona non grata

Roi Mandel
Published: 01.07.09, 16:55 / Israel News

Israel's Ambassador to Venezuela Shlomo Cohen has begun preparing for a swift departure from the country Tuesday after President Hugo Chavez declared he was a persona non grata because of Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.

"This is the first time I'm being dismissed," Cohen told Ynet on Wednesday. "We're getting the paperwork together and preparing to close down the embassy as quickly as possible. We don't have much time to waste, since the government has ordered us to leave the country within 72 hours.

"I don't remember anything like it. This is a new low in the relations between the countries," he lamented.

A telegram sent by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry to the Israeli embassy in Caracas informed the Israeli diplomats that the country has decided to expel the mission in light of the situation in Gaza, which President Hugo Chavez characterized as "genocide."

In a speech delivered by Chavez later in the day he declared that the presidents of Israel and the United States should be tried for war crimes in an international court.

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Chavez is one of the few who

Chavez is one of the few who successfully beat USA bullying tactics.

Good for him.

Remember what Blagojevich did the day before he was arrested? He went against Bank of America.

Pray for Chavez.

The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

- Calvin Coolidge

Chavez gave

him more time than I would have.