Venezuela’s UN envoy apologizes for likening Israel actions to ‘final solution’  

Marcy Oster

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Venezuela’s envoy to the United Nations called his Israeli colleague to apologize for his remarks accusing Israel of seeking a “final solution” against the Palestinians, made a day after Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“These are blunt anti-Semitic statements coming from the Venezuelan ambassador towards the Jewish nation,” said Ambassador Danny Danon, according to a statement by Israel’s  mission to the UN.

During the speech at a Security Council meeting on Friday, Rafael Ramirez said that council members should ask themselves: “What does Israel plan to do with the Palestinians? Will they be disappeared? Is Israel trying to impose a ‘final solution’ on the Palestinians in the West Bank?”

The comparison, drawing a link between Israel and Nazi Germany, drew immediate outrage from Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom and France.

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According to the Israeli mission at the UN, during the phone call, Danon demanded that the Venezuelan representative issue a public apology, which may happen at the next Security Council meeting on the Middle East this week.

“The ambassador’s statements are a continuation of the Palestinian representative’s statements which equated Israel to the Nazis only a few days ago. The Palestinians are bringing anti-Semitism to the UN and are bringing the language of racism to the world parliament,” Danon said.

Last month Palestinian Authority representative to the UN Riyad Mansour drew a parallel between the Jewish resistance fighters during the Holocaust and the Muslim terrorists perpetrators of recent attacks in Israel.

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