An inspection of the profile of Henrique Capriles Radonski - leader of the Venezuelan opposition - not only elicits deep suspicion, but in fact completely validates the claims made by Chavez.
Firstly, Radonski is the youngest Venezuelan MP ever elected - being elected as an MP at age 26. After entering politics at the age of 25, he became Venezuela's youngest ever deputy in Congress, and was subsequently chosen to be Vice President of the House. Secondly, he has enjoyed a "meteoric rise through the political ranks," in the BBC's wording, insofar as he has held a number of posts, and has not lost a single election.
Radonski's anti-Iran Stance
In September 2012, the UK Telegraph accompanied Radonski on the campaign trail, wherein he stated what he would do on his "first day in office." Not only does he signify his intention to downgrade Venezuela's diplomatic relations with Iran, but he also intends to end subsidised oil to Cuba and Nicaragua - something which would please the United States government no end.
Radonski informed the Telegraph that the "cosy relationship with Iran would end" because "Venezuela needs good relations with countries that have democracy and respect human rights."
Contrary to Chavez's economically nationalistic policies, Radonski makes clear his neoliberalist stance and his alliance with big business as he decries Chavez's land reform programme which redistributed Venezuelan land from wealthy foreign owners to poor Venezuelan farmers:
The expropriations were a big mistake, the whole policy has been a fiasco, .... Nothing works now. Venezuela has 30 million hectares of fertile land but we only use less than 10 per cent of it and we now import 80 per cent of our food, including rice from the so-called US 'imperialists.'He promised to review each such case of land redistribution with a view to returning the land to its former wealthy foreign owners. This includes Chavez's seizure of estates from the Vestey Group, which is a ranching and sugar cane company headed by Lord Vestey, one of Britain's richest men.
Germany Urges EU Countries to Step Up Support of Venezuelan Opposition
In the May 18 2012 edition of Venezuelan paper Correo Del Orinoco it was reported that, at a EU meeting on Latin American affairs, the German government asked EU countries to step up their support of the MUD (Democratic Unity Roundtable) coalition (the Venezuelan opposition coalition now headed by Henrique Capriles Radonski).
While German government representatives called for such support not to be hidden from the public, Portugal and France called for a more secretive approach. In addition, the report mentions the direct financial support that the Venezuelan opposition enjoys from not only USAID, but also from the anti-democratic National Endowment for Democracy.
Venezuelan Opposition Made Secret Visit to Israel
Even more revealing is the fact that, on the weekend prior to the 18 May 2012 publication, Venezuelan opposition lawyer and politician Antonio Ledezma secretly flew to Israel - a country which Venezuela has severed diplomatic ties with - on Venezuelan taxpayer money, to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on a three-day visit.
During Ledezma's private, unannounced trip to Israel paid for with public Venezuelan money, he promised to re-establish ties with the usurping Zionist entity if the Jewish settler state would fund and back Henrique Capriles Radonski. Ledezma told reporters that he spoke to Netanyahu and Lieberman about,
our (the opposition) disposition to reestablish relations with the State of Israel under a new government presided by Henrique Capriles Radonski.... In contrast to the current political policy in Venezuela, Capriles will re-establish our historical ties.Speaking of Ledezma's meeting with Netanyahu and Lieberman, Venezuelan journalist Miguel Angel Perez Pirela reported that Ledezma had promised Israel "access to [Venezuela's] resources" should Rodonski take the presidential election.
Radonski, a man who feels Venezuela must only have relations with "countries that have democracy and respect human rights," shows his duplicity as he reaches out to the Zionist entity - a routine human rights abuser which constitutes a Jewish ethnocracy on stolen Palestinian land.
Radonski: "Fervent Catholic" with Jewish Parents
The aforementioned BBC article deceptively refers to Radonski merely as "Henrique Capriles" - choosing to omit his Jewish surname. Later in the article there is an allusion to his Jewish background; the BBC report casually states, "His maternal grandparents were Jews." Well, as far as 'Israel' is concerned, that would make his mother a Jew, which makes him a Jew.
Interestingly, what the BBC article fails to mention is that in fact, not only are his mother's parents Jewish, but his father is also of Jewish ancestry. While Radonski's mother is an Ashkenazi Jew, his father is of Sephardi Jewish ancestry.
Venezuela enjoys excellent relations with Iran. Furthermore, Hugo Chavez severed ties with Israel after the Zionist state's murderous assault on Gaza in 2008-2009. At the time, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry stated, "Israel has repeatedly ignored the calls of the United Nations, consistently and shamelessly violating the resolutions approved by overwhelming majorities of member countries, increasingly placing itself on the margin of international law... Israel's state terrorism has cost the lives of the most vulnerable and innocent: children, women, and the elderly." If Capriles Radonski - Israel's man in Venezuela - takes the next election, that is all bound to change.
Martin Iqbal blogs at Empire Strikes Back. Read other articles by Martin.