Cuba recognises Israel
Since the 1990s, relations between Israel and Cuba have warmed somewhat. Between 1995 and 1999, Castro allowed 400 Cuban Jews to immigrate to Israel with the assistance of the Canadian government programme known as Operation Cigar. In 2010 Fidel Castro told American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg that he believed that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state and he denounced Holocaust deniers.
By Teresa Trainor