The Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, seeks to reestablish ties with Israel, frozen 11 years ago by the government of the late President Hugo Chávez.
The Israel Hayom newspaper reported this Saturday that Rabbi Pinhas Brener, who was appointed by Guaidó as his diplomatic representative in the occupied territories, has said that an announcement on the reestablishment of ties with Israel is expected in the coming days.
The opposition leader intends to open a “virtual embassy” in the occupied Palestinian territories. In this regard, Brener has alleged that the purpose of such a measure is “the rapprochement between two peoples: the Venezuelan and the Israeli.”
The rabbi added that a parliamentary friendship association is being sought between both sides. According to Brenner, Guaidó is also of the idea of opening an embassy in the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Guaidó’s announcement takes place despite the fact that Venezuela and Israel broke their diplomatic relations a decade ago, after the late former president of the Bolivarian country Hugo Chávez expelled the then Israeli ambassador Shlomo Cohen from the country as an act of protest against the aggression of the occupation regime against the Gaza Strip (2008-2009).
Four months after breaking ties with Israel, Venezuela made diplomatic relations with Palestine official with the opening of the Palestinian embassy in Caracas (the Venezuelan capital).
Good relations have continued with the current Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, and during his tenure cooperation agreements have been signed in various areas, such as education, economy, trade, and energy, among others.
However, the Venezuelan opposition seeks to follow in the footsteps of the US Government, chaired by Donald Trump, which declared Al-Quds as the capital of Israel and moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to that city in May 2018.