Mauritania, Venezuela recall ambassadors


JERUSALEM (JTA) — One of three Arab countries that maintains full diplomatic relations with Israel recalled its ambassador.

Mauritania, which has had relations with Israel since 1999, recalled its Israeli envoy on Monday, according to reports.

The action is said to be a protest over Israel’s current operation in the Gaza Strip.

Students in Mauritania have been protesting daily against the operation and there have been calls for the country to break its ties with Israel, the French Press Agency reported.

On Tuesday, Venezuela expelled Israel’s ambassador and embassy personnel, Reuters reported, hours President Hugo Chavez called Israel’s actions in Gaza a "holocaust."

Israel’s Foreign Ministry was considering whether to respond in kind, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

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