(CNSNews.com) – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a Marxist and long-time friend of Communist Cuba and who Ronald Reagan once described as a “little dictator,” criticized Israel’s actions against Hamas terrorists as genocidal and said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “appears to be possessed by the Devil” and “needs Pope Francis to exorcise it.”
“Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to be possessed by the Devil, he needs Pope Francis to exorcise it, to become appeased,” Ortega was quoted as saying on Aug. 1 in Globovision.
Ortega also said that Israel is “committing genocide” in Gaza, a crime so “terrible that it is only comparable to the crimes of the Nazis.”
“Why doesn’t anyone condemn or sanction the state of Israel?” said Ortega. Netanyahu’s actions mirror madness, he said, adding that the Israeli leader wants to “annihilate the Palestinian people.”
Ortega, 68, helped lead the Marxist Sandinista National Liberation Front to power in Nicaragua in 1979, when it overthrew then-President Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Ortega led Nicaragua as president from 1985 to 1990, and then he was elected again to the presidency in 2006 with 38% of the vote.
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan stated that the Soviet Union had spent $500 million “to impose Communism in Nicaragua,” adding that “Soviet bloc nations and their terrorist allies are pouring in weapons and ammunition to establish a beachhead on our own doorstep.”
As for Ortega specifically, Reagan said, ”The little dictator who went to Moscow in his green fatigues to receive a bear hug did not forsake the doctrine of Lenin when he returned to the West and appeared in a two-piece suit. He made his choice long ago.”