The President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, denounced the presence of the terrorist group Hezbollah in Venezuela.
In a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque, Herzog said that Israel is concerned about the presence of Iranian terrorists in Venezuelan territory.
“These are elements that must be stopped immediately, as soon as possible, dear President,” Herzog told his Colombian counterpart.
Likewise, the Colombian Minister of Defense, Diego Molano, explained the scope of the threats due to the presence of terrorist groups in Venezuela.
“Here we have a common enemy and that is the case of Iran and Hezbollah, which operate against Israel, but also support the Venezuelan regime. Therefore, it is an important effort of exchange of information and intelligence that we are developing with the Military Forces and the Ministry of Defense in Israel”, said Minister Molano.
The Colombian minister indicated that “the Hezbollah factions that are present in Venezuela are supported by the Venezuelan regime”.
The meeting between the two presidents comes two weeks after a cyber-attack on the military intelligence against the Maduro regime revealed that Iranian agents are taking refuge in the Caribbean country.
According to journalist Damian Pachter, hackers accessed the databases of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) in cooperation with former Venezuelan intelligence officials, revealing that the alleged terrorists entered the South American country as Spanish language students under the cover of “government language study programs” through Margarita Island.
According to Foreign Policy, Margarita Island, located off the coast of Venezuela, is a known criminal hub where members of this terrorist organization have established a safe haven.
Members of the terrorist group are reportedly involved in arms and drug trafficking, as well as money laundering to finance terrorism, according to information obtained by the hackers.
A recent report by the Atlantic Council think tank claims that Hezbollah “has helped turn Venezuela into a hub for transnational organized crime and international terrorism.”
A center of criminal operations for Hezbollah close to the U.S.
While Hezbollah operates as a terrorist group in the Middle East, in the West it maintains operations ranging from drug trafficking to money laundering. All this with the support of the Maduro regime.
The Atlantic Council report explains that the regimes of Hugo Chavez and Maduro sought to hide the relationship with Hezbollah by granting Venezuelan identities to Iranians who helped build a clandestine network providing intelligence, training, funds, weapons, supplies and know-how.
The authors of the report pointed out that the Venezuela-Iran relationship is dangerous, more for financing terrorism than for recruiting terrorists.