Fidel Castro says Obama supports 'Israeli genocide'

Castro also demanded that Obama return the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo to Cuba without conditions,

Fidel Castro says Obama supports 'Israeli genocide'

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro accused on Thursday the new U.S. leader Barak Obama of supporting "Israeli genocide" against Palestinians.

He also demanded that Obama return the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo to Cuba without conditions,

"It is the way our friend Obama has fallen into sharing Israel's genocide against Palestinians," Castro wrote in his column called "Deciphering the thought of the new U.S. president."

Castro, who had recently praised Obama as "honest" and "noble", lashed out at his administration for stating that Washington will not return Guantanamo if it has any military use for the United States and without concessions in return.

"Maintaining a military base in Cuba against the will of the people violates the most elemental principles of international law," Castro wrote in a column posted on the government-run website www.cubadebate.cu.

"Not respecting Cuba's will is an arrogant act and an abuse of immense power against a little country," Castro said.

Earlier on Thursday, Washington's loudest critic in Latin America, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, also urged Obama to return the Guantanamo base, after applauding his decision to close the prison camp for terrorism suspects there.

"Now he should return Guantanamo and Guantanamo Bay to the Cubans because that is Cuban territory," Chavez, Cuba's closest ally, said in a speech in Brazil.

His brother Raul Castro provisionally took power after the surgery, then officially became president in February.

Obama has said he wants to move toward normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations but would not eliminate the 46-year-old U.S. trade embargo against the communist-led island without political reforms.

Fidel Castro on Thursday also attacked Obama for supporting Israel's invasion of Gaza.

Reuters
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