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Israel and Spain on a collision course: video of Israeli MNE criticizing Spain is “scandalous and execrable”, says Spanish government

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs classified as “scandalous and execrable” a video released by the Israeli counterpart with images of the October 7th attack mixed with two people dancing flamenco.

“I saw the video, even before traveling to Brussels […], is scandalous and execrable. The entire planet knows, including my Israeli colleague, that we condemn Hamas and its actions,” said José Manuel Albares, in a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Mohammad Mustafa, in Brussels (Belgium).

Two days ago, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, said he had decided to “cut the connection” between Spain’s diplomatic mission and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, in following Madrid’s recognition of the Palestinian State.

“I have decided to cut the connection between the Spanish representation in Israel and the Palestinians, and to prohibit the Spanish consulate in Jerusalem from providing services to Palestinians in the West Bank,†Katz said. on the social network “X†. Katz further noted that his decision was made “in response to Spain’s recognition of a Palestinian state and the anti-Semitic call of Spain’s deputy prime minister to ‘liberate Palestine from the river to the sea’.

Spain, Ireland and Norway announced on Wednesday their decision to recognize the State of Palestine at the end of this month. The Israeli Government criticized the option, saying it was a “reward for terror†, after the unprecedented attack by Hamas on October 7th.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned on Thursday that Israel’s ties with Ireland, Norway and Spain would face “serious consequences”. In Friday’s announcement, Katz censored comments made by number three in the Spanish Government, Yolanda Diaz, leader of Movimiento Sumar, a left-wing party, as well as Minister of Labor.

Welcoming the announcement of formal recognition of a Palestinian state, Diaz declared: “We cannot stop here. Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea.” The pro-Palestine rallying cry refers to the historic borders of Palestine, under the British mandate, which ran from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, before the creation of Israel in 1948. Critics saw it as a call for the elimination of Israel, including its ambassador to Spain, who condemned the minister’s remarks.

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Francesco Giganti

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