[Zion sets its sights on the rest of the Americas.]
JERUSALEM: Israel’s deputy foreign minister will attend the annual summit of the Organization of American States next week in a bid to counter Iran’s growing influence in Latin America, an official said on Saturday.
Danny Ayalon plans to meet representatives of several Latin American states at the summit in Honduras as arch-foe Iran tightens trade and military ties with a number of countries, mainly Venezuela and Bolivia, the official told.
“Israel sees in the summit a chance to deepen economic and diplomatic ties with Latin America and to match Iran’s and (the Lebanese militia) Hezbollah’s involvement in the region,” said the official, who asked not to be identified.
The decision to send a high-ranking Israeli representative to the OAS summit for the first time in years stems from Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s plan to bolster diplomatic ties in regions such as Latin America and Africa.