Is Hezbollah operating in Venezuela? That’s what Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed to Colombian newspaper El Tiempo today, as he reached the tail-end of his 10-day tour of South America. Citing Israeli intelligence reports that show “collaboration between radical branches of Islam and Hugo Chavez,” Lieberman warned of the dangers of the strategic alliance between leftist governments in this hemisphere and Iran. Iranian companies have invested heavily in Venezuela, and there are even Israeli reports that President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales have given uranium to the mullahs for their ongoing nuclear program. In return for this accusation, Chavez called Lieberman a “mafia boss.” How fun when two campy authoritarians collide like electrons.

Chavez calls Lieberman ‘mafia boss,’ denies links to Hezbollah [Haaretz]