Israel Denounces Spanish Vote to Recognize Palestinian State

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

Israel denounced on Wednesday a vote in the Spanish parliament calling on Madrid to recognize a Palestinian state, The Times of Israel reported.

Though little more than symbolic, the timing of the vote, just hours after the horrific killings in Har Nof, angered Israeli officials.

“The declaration of the Spanish parliament only distances the chance of reaching an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, because it encourages the Palestinians to become more extreme in their positions,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.

“It would have been better if the Spanish parliament had instead chosen to do the right thing by condemning the abominable slaughter carried out by inflamed Palestinians in a synagogue in Yerushalayim.”

The Spanish MPs adopted almost unanimously a motion urging the conservative government to recognize Palestine in coordination with any similar move by the European Union, should the sides reach a peace accord.