Israel prohibits the Spanish consulate in Jerusalem from serving Palestinians in retaliation for the phrases of Yolanda Díaz | Spain | EUROtoday

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With the embers of anger nonetheless lit by the announcement by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, that he’ll acknowledge the Palestinian State, a phrase (“from the river to the sea”) from the second vice chairman of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz , has generated a brand new Israeli retaliation this Friday. Its Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, has introduced the choice to “cut the connection” between the Spanish Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Palestinians and to “prohibit the Spanish consulate in Jerusalem from providing services to the Palestinians” within the West Bank. Furthermore, he calls Díaz an “ignorant and hateful person” and urges her to “learn about 700 years of Islamic rule in Al Andalus, today's Spain” if she “wants to understand what radical Islam really wants.” The Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, introduced this morning that he’ll protest and has defended himself in opposition to the accusations of the Israeli Government by denying that there are “anti-Semites” within the Executive.

Katz cites two causes for the choice: the announcement of recognition (to be made subsequent Tuesday by Spain together with Ireland and Norway) and the “anti-Semitic call” of the vice chairman and chief of the Sumar get together to “not settle for recognizing a Palestinian State” and liberate Palestine from the river to the ocean.'”

It refers back to the “controversial and subject to different interpretations” slogan with which Díaz concludes a latest video. The river to which the phrase alludes is the Jordan and the ocean, the Mediterranean. Between them right this moment are each the State of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories: Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Palestinian nationalism started utilizing it years after their defeat within the first Arab-Israeli battle, following the creation of Israel in 1948, and the Nakba, the flight or expulsion of some 750,000 dwelling in present-day Israel. Little by little, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) turned it right into a name to determine a single democratic and secular state in all of historic Palestine through which Jews and Arabs would have equal rights.

At the tip of the Eighties, the then Palestinian chief, Yasir Arafat, acknowledged Israel in its internationally accepted borders right this moment: these previous to the Six-Day War of 1967. The reverse has not occurred and the get together led by Netanyahu (Likud ) has been defending Greater Israel for many years (that’s, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean) and its present authorities settlement with ultranationalists and ultra-Orthodox enshrines “the exclusive and indisputable right of the Jewish people to all parts of the Land of Israel,” a biblical idea that features not less than modern-day Israel and Palestine.

The slogan has continued for use since then (in some instances, as a generic present of solidarity with Palestine; in others, as a name for the disappearance of Israel) till it has been resurrected as of late, particularly in its English model in campus demonstrations. of the United States.

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In Israel it’s perceived as a transparent name for its destruction, with the connotation that it will additionally embrace the extermination of its inhabitants. And it’s extra related to Palestinian factions that reject the existence of the Jewish State, akin to Hamas, whose founding constitution (revised in 2017) units as its goal the “complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.” Or to a well-known phrase by Ahmed Shukairy, Arafat's predecessor as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), about “throwing the Jews into the sea” or others about returning the Jews to their international locations, simply shortly after of the Holocaust.

The new controversy happens in every week through which bilateral relations between Spain and Israel have fallen to one in all their lowest factors. Already the day earlier than, the director common of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Yaakov Blitshtein, personally reprimanded the ambassadors of Spain, Ireland and Norway and warned them that the popularity of the Palestinian State “will have more serious consequences” for bilateral relations. . “The twisted decision of their governments is a reward for Hamas; Hamas congratulates them for this. The decision will have more serious consequences for our relations with your countries,” Blitshtein advised them, as quoted in a press release launched by the ministry. He has additionally referred to as for consultations with Israeli diplomatic representatives in these three international locations.

At the start of the assembly, Blitshtein additionally confirmed the ambassadors (Spanish Ana María Sálomon, Norwegian Per Egil Selvaag and Irish Sonya McGuinness) a decreased model of the video of the kidnapping of the troopers guarding the Nahal Oz base in the course of the assault. October 7. In the recording, made by the Hamas militiamen themselves with the cameras that they had connected, they’re seen receiving threats with their fingers tied; a few of them, bloody. The discussion board that represents the households of the hostages allowed its dissemination, exactly to stress the Government to succeed in an settlement for his or her launch, however the Ministry of Foreign Affairs determined to point out it to the diplomatic representatives.

That identical day, an Israeli opposition deputy, Sharren Haskel, despatched a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asking him to reply to Spain's choice by bringing to the Council of Ministers, and to the plenary session of Parliament, the “recognition of the independence” of Catalonia, the Basque Country, Galicia, Andalusia, Aragon and the Canary and Balearic Islands. All of these autonomous communities, she assures, have been showing a “clear will for independence.” In a message on the social network

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