After 7 Years of Deteriorating Ties Israel Silent on Chavez's Death, but Seeks to Reboot Relations With Venezuela

Foreign Ministry doesn't expect Jerusalem-Caracas ties to improve in the short term, but Chavez's possible successors are friendlier toward Israel; one has Jewish roots.

Israeli officials are keeping quiet on Wednesday after the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, unlike the United States and other countries - includng Iran - that have reached out to Caracas.