(January 30, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt condemned the Palestinian Authority’s public show of support on Tuesday for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States would like to see replaced by the country’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó.
“The Palestinian leadership should be focused on providing a better future for Palestinians, but instead focuses on supporting the morally bankrupt Maduro who has stolen Venezuelans’ future and destroyed the Venezuelan economy,” Greenblatt said in a tweet.
Shortly after, Greenblatt tweeted again to note Hezbollah’s support for the Venezuelan strongman.
“Not so strange bedfellows: #[Hezbollah] publicly supports #Venezuela’s Maduro—a terrorist organization and a swindler who has harbored foreign terrorist groups and run Venezuela into the ground. Both are enemies of their people,” he wrote.
On Sunday, Israel joined countries in South America and Europe, and recognized Guaidó as the country’s interim president.
Choosing his words carefully and refraining from specifically referring to Guaidó as the country’s new leader, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in a video saying “Israel joins the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America and countries in Europe in recognizing the new leadership in Venezuela.”
Maduro, who has also garnered support from Russia, has so far refused calls from the international community to hold flash elections.