They all gotta go
US-Israeli support for overthrowing Maduro is part of a broader regional agenda targeting Palestinian solidarity.
While various important factors and elements have fueled the dire situation in Venezuela today, Israeli meddling in Latin American affairs is one that is rarely mentioned.
After the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, his successor, Nicolas Maduro, soon faced the challenges of a capsizing economy, hyperinflation, and shortages of medicine and food fueled by low oil prices, despite the country’s massive reserves.
Protests against the worsening socioeconomic situation have led to polarisation and a political stalemate. There are pro- and anti-government camps, with no alternative third option or any hopes for an internal reconciliation.
The emergence of self-declared interim President Juan Guaido, backed by countries including the US, Canada, Australia and Israel – even as the United Nations and Venezuela’s top court and military reject his leadership, while Maduro has called for early elections – begs the question: whose interests is he representing?
Struggle for self-determination
Venezuela’s political chaos has resulted from a combination of the country’s extreme vulnerability as a petro state and the consequences of imperialist policies and endeavours that fuel internal corruption.
But the US-Israeli support for overthrowing Maduro is part of a larger agenda to cement an anti-Palestinian campaign in Latin America at the expense of the Venezuelan people.
Although most Latin American countries supported the UN Partition Plan of 1947, which officially established the state of Israel and led to the Nakba, the region has been broadly friendly to Palestinians, hosting the largest Palestinian presence outside of the Arab world.
Solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination was at its height during the Chavez years up until today, with the leadership making outspoken criticism of Israel’s flagrant violations of international law. Venezuela severed diplomatic ties with Israel in 2009 over its military campaign in Gaza.
The recent UN Palestinian statehood vote, along with Palestine’s broader bid for statehood, has strong support in Latin America, including in Venezuela
The Bolivian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) was founded by Venezuela and Cuba during the Chavez era.
The US and Israel remain the only countries to vote against the annual UN resolution to end the more than half-century blockade against Cuba.
Furthermore, the recent UN vote in favour of Palestinian statehood, along with Palestine’s broader bid for international recognition, has strong support in Latin America, including in Venezuela.
Under the Trump administration, there has been a slow and steady shift to impose anti-Palestinian policies, such as cutting US aid to the UNRWA refugee agency and to the Palestinian Authority, along with introducing the “deal of the century”, which eviscerates any hopes for Palestinian national aspirations.
The Trump administration has empowered the extreme political right, spreading the neo-conservative ideology of Christian Zionism criminals throughout Latin America.
The UN vote to condemn the US embassy relocation to Jerusalem was rejected by Guatemala, Honduras and Brazil all with criminal leaders, amid regional moves to strengthen “security” ties with Israel.
Countries including Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Ecuador have all recognized Guaido.
The presidents of Argentina, Ecuador, and Venezuela denounced Paraguay’s Lugo’s impeachment as a coup d’etat. In 2009 Honduras was a victim of a coup d’état. The people of Chili are definitely pro-Palestine and have many Palestinian citizens from the Palestine Nakba.