Israel considers expelling Venezuelan envoys

The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it was considering expelling Venezuela's diplomats from Israel in response to the expulsion of Israel's envoys from Venezuela. The Israelis were ordered out of their Caracas embassy in protest over Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. 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 severance of diplomatic relations. Palmor says his office would decide later Wednesday whether to reciprocate.