Spanish Minister Calls for Suspension of Diplomatic Ties with Israel

In an unexpected development ahead of a significant meeting in Madrid, Spain's Acting Social Rights Minister, Ionea Belarra, strongly advocated for the Spanish government to sever its diplomatic ties with Israel

by Faruk Imamovic
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Spanish Minister Calls for Suspension of Diplomatic Ties with Israel
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In an unexpected development ahead of a significant meeting in Madrid, Spain's Acting Social Rights Minister, Ionea Belarra, strongly advocated for the Spanish government to sever its diplomatic ties with Israel. Belarra cited concerns over what she referred to as the "planned genocide" being carried out by Israel against the Palestinian population.

Tensions Ahead of EU Meeting

Belarra's comments come at a crucial juncture, just before an important high-level gathering during Spain's presidency of the European Union. Amplifying the urgency and gravity of her remarks, she stated, "Today, I have asked our partner (in the government), the Socialist Party (PSOE), that we take ourselves more seriously in the fight against this planned genocide, which is being carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people.

To do this, I believe that we should urgently suspend diplomatic relations with the state of Israel." Beyond the diplomatic realm, Belarra pushed for a broader discussion on the European stage about imposing economic sanctions on individuals who are "politically responsible for this genocide." Her comments also encompassed the recent hostilities in the Gaza Strip, as she emphasized the need for sanctions against those orchestrating these specific assaults.

Further detailing her concerns, she highlighted the detrimental impact of actions such as massive bombing campaigns on civilian populations, as well as disruptions to essential services like water and electricity. She firmly asserted, "I insist that the collective punishment that is being undertaken...

is a clear violation of international humanitarian law." A Call for European Autonomy Building on her proposition, Belarra also addressed the military aspect of the ongoing conflict. She made a fervent call for an immediate arms embargo, urging Europe to take decisive action.

"We also need an immediate arms embargo. Europe can and must act with autonomy and seek peace," she declared. However, these statements haven't gone uncontested. Spain's right-wing People's Party was quick to react, leveling accusations of anti-Semitism against Belarra.

The intense debate and diverse reactions underscore the complexities of the Israel-Palestine conflict and its ripple effects on international relations. As Europe, led by Spain's presidency, mulls over its next steps, the world will be watching closely.

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