Relations with Latin America
The traditional pro-Western stance of most Latin American states
has proven to be politically and economically advantageous to
Israel, as they have tended to be more sympathetic to Israel in
the UN than African or Asian countries. They have also been more
willing to maintain economic and military relations with Israel.
Although Latin American states are primarily Roman Catholic and
follow the Vatican's position favoring the internationalization
of Jerusalem, Israel has obtained crude oil from Mexico, it maintains
a lucrative arms trade with Argentina and other countries, and
it has assisted Latin American regimes in their counterinsurgency
efforts against Cuban and Nicaraguan-supported guerrillas.
Data as of December 1988