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Pope Francis should cast out Netanyahu’s demons, Nicaragua president says

Published time: August 02, 2014 04:06
Edited time: August 03, 2014 16:08
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (Reuters / Diana Ulloa)

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (Reuters / Diana Ulloa)

Israeli PM is apparently possessed by the devil, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said, urging Pope Francis to cast out his demons. Ortega also called on the international community to impose sanctions on Israel for the military action in Gaza.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to be possessed by the devil, he needs Pope Francis to exorcise it, to become appeased,” Ortega was quoted by Globovision as saying.

"Why doesn't anyone condemn or sanction the state of Israel?" wondered the president of Nicaragua. In his opinion, Palestine is the victim of "madness" on the part of the Israeli leader, who seeks to “annihilate the Palestinian people.”

For Ortega, Israel is “committing genocide” in the Gaza Strip, a crime so “terrible that it is only comparable to the crimes of the Nazis."

In a picture taken from the Israel-Gaza border, smoke rises from the coastal side of the Gaza Strip following an Israeli controlled explosion of a tunnel, on August 1, 2014 (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)

Personal attacks against Netanyahu have grown since the start of the IDF operation against Gazans on July 8.

On Thursday, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan stated in one of the strongest-worded attacks on the Israeli state, that in its military campaign in Gaza and genocide against Palestinians, Israel is demonstrating a “Hitler-like fascism.”

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A day earlier, Bolivia declared Israel to be a “terrorist state” and renounced a visa exemption agreement with the country in protest over the ongoing Israeli military offense in Gaza.

Other Latin American countries including Chile and El Salvador recalled their ambassadors in Israel on Tuesday for consultations due to the increased violence in the Gaza Strip against civilians. The move follows similar actions by Ecuador, Brazil and Peru who have also recalled their ambassadors.

Friday's death toll in Gaza surpasses 100, Ma’an reported citing medical sources, with at least 40 killed in intense shelling of Rafah. The deaths bring the total to more than 1,600 as well as nearly 9,000 injured.