Israel’s far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has joined the United States, Canada, and several Latin American and European states in granting diplomatic recognition to the self-declared, pro-imperialist leadership in Venezuela in place of recently reelected socialist President Nicolas Maduro. On Sunday, January 27, Netanyahu announced in a short statement that he is recognizing the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the country’s interim president.
Slamming Netanyahu for his decision to recognize Guaidó as interim president in Venezuela, leading Communist activist MK Aida Touma-Sleiman (Hadash-Joint List) said, “It isn’t surprising that Netanyahu will align himself with any operation, however contemptible, to replace the government there with a right-wing pro-imperialistic one that will serve the interests of US President Donald Trump and his allies.”
France’s President Emmanuel Macron has also given his backing to Venezuela’s self-declared interim president, saying last year’s re-election of Maduro “was illegitimate.” Today, Tuesday, January 29, a protest will be held in front of the French Consulate in Haifa (37, Hagefen Street) starting at 7 pm under the slogan “Fuera Trump, Viva Venezuela” sponsored by the Haifa branch of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI).
Last Friday, January 25, the Central Committee of the CPI issued a statement condemning the blatant, US-led coup attempt in Venezuela.