Israel Radio reported on Thursday that Hizballah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have both deployed operatives to Caracas tasked with recruiting local Venezuelans to help abduct Jewish travelers.
Israeli counter-terrorism experts told The Los Angeles Times that a number of Venezuelans have already been recruited, and that Hizballah and Iran have an operational local network in the South American nation.
Those same experts believe that Venezuela could eventually become a base for Hizballah attacks on US interests in the Western Hemisphere and perhaps on the American homeland itself.
Chavez has made no secret of his support for Hizballah and for the regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Building on that warm relationship, Hizballah is reported to have set up a number of Islamic schools in Venezuela.
“Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il”.