Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and six other Israeli officials could face prosecution in Spain for their role in the 2010 Israeli Navy raid of the Mavi Marmara, if a new court ruling is allowed to stand.
Judge Jose de la Mata of Spain’s National Court (Audiencia Nacional) instructed Spanish police over the weekend to monitor the movements of the Israeli officials, who were considered responsible for the decision to intercept the vessel.
The ministers and former ministers in question are Moshe Yaalon, Dan Meridor, Eli Yishai, Avigdor Lieberman, Ehud Barak and Benny Begin.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in response: “This is an issue that has been subject to legal proceedings for several years now. The State of Israel and the embassy in Madrid have been in communication with legal authorities in Spain and are handling the issue. We hope that the case will be closed soon, as it should have been a long time ago.”