Israel Accuses Spanish PM Sánchez of Complicity in Calls for Genocide against Jews

The head of diplomacy of Israel accused the Prime Minister of Spain of complicity in calls for genocide because today Spain will officially recognize the state of Palestine

by Sededin Dedovic
Israel Accuses Spanish PM Sánchez of Complicity in Calls for Genocide against Jews
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Recognition of the State of Palestine is a "necessity" to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians, in addition to being a matter of "historical justice," said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez today, reports AFP.

In a brief statement in Spanish and English a few hours before the Spanish government is officially expected to recognize the State of Palestine at a meeting, Sánchez added that the decision was made "not against anyone, least of all Israel," which, he said, is a friendly nation that Spain respects, values, and wishes to "have the best possible relations" with.

Ireland and Norway have also announced that they will officially recognize the State of Palestine today. Israel condemns this decision as a reward to the Palestinian Islamist Hamas for more than seven months of war in Gaza.

"This is a historic decision with one goal, which is to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace," Sánchez said as he entered the prime minister's palace in Madrid, in a televised address. Sánchez, who announced his country's decision to recognize Palestine before the parliament last week, has been visiting European and Middle Eastern countries for months to gather support for recognition and a ceasefire in Gaza.

Sánchez called for a permanent ceasefire, increased humanitarian aid to Gaza, and the release of hostages held by Hamas since the attack on Israel on October 7, which prompted Israel's response. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz accused Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez today of being complicit in calls for genocide against the Jewish people, as Spain prepares to recognize the Palestinian state today.

"Khamenei, Sinwar, and Deputy Prime Minister Yolanda Diaz are calling for the elimination of Israel and the establishment of an Islamic Palestinian terrorist state from the river to the sea," Katz wrote on the platform X, referring to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the leader of Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and Sánchez's deputy.

Diaz ended a speech last week with the message "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" and later said it was a support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Israeli media.

"Sánchez, by not dismissing your deputy and declaring the recognition of the Palestinian state, you are a partner in incitement to genocide against Jews and war crimes," Katz wrote.