Israel considers expelling Venezuelan envoys

January 7, 2009 18:22

Israel is considering expelling Venezuelan diplomats from Israel in response to the expulsion of Israel's envoys from Venezuela, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The Israelis were ordered out of their Caracas embassy in protest over Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip against the Hamas terror movement. Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israel's ambassador has been informed in writing that he and his diplomatic staff must leave Venezuela within 72 hours. He said the letter did not refer to any severing of diplomatic relations. Hamas, meanwhile expressed its appreciation Wednesday for the move and taunted other Arab countries for maintaining their relations with Israel. "As we look with great satisfaction at this courageous step, we are surprised and deplore that some Arab countries still allow the Israeli ambassador to remain in their capitals," the group said in a statement.

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