Israel recognises the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the new leader of the Latin American country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday in a video statement.
"Israel joins the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America and countries in Europe in recognising the new leadership in Venezuela," Netanyahu said in a statement published on his Facebook page.
On Saturday, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to hold a "free and transparent" snap election. If he fails to do so within eight days, they threatened to recognise Juan Guaido as the country's interim president.
Following the announcement, a number of countries, including the United States, recognised Guaido as the interim president. The move prompted current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to cut off diplomatic ties with Washington.