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Israel increases tension with Spain and threatens to close consulate in Jerusalem

Tel Aviv prohibited Spain from providing services to Palestinians residing in the occupied West Bank, which Madrid rejects.

The tension between Spain and Israel increased this Friday, after the recognition of the Palestinian State by Madrid, with the threat of the Israeli Government to close the Spanish consulate in Jerusalem, something that the Spanish Executive immediately rejected, warning that it will make a "firm" defense. ” of its operation.

The Israeli Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, threatened this Friday to close the Spanish Consulate in Jerusalem if it does not comply with the order not to provide services to Palestinians residing in the occupied West Bank, issued by the Israeli government in retaliation for the recognition of the State of Palestine by the executive of Pedro Sánchez.

“We will strictly apply the instructions. If there are violations, measures will be taken to the point of closing the Consulate in Jerusalem,” said Katz in response to the note verbale delivered today by Spain to the Israeli Government to reject the limitations on its Consulate.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry recalled that the restrictions will come into force tomorrow, Saturday, and prohibit providing consular services to residents in territories administered by the Palestinian National Authority, that is, to Palestinians residing in the occupied West Bank.

“Any connection between the Spanish Consulate in Jerusalem and the citizens of the Palestinian Authority constitutes a risk to the national security of Israel and will be totally prohibited,” Katz insisted today, making it clear that Israel will monitor compliance with these orders.

Spain, which defends the two-state solution, has reiterated during this war its condemnation of the attacks by the terrorist group Hamas on October 7, in which nearly 1.200 people died and another 250 were kidnapped, but also the death of civilians in the Gaza Strip, who now number more than 36.000 after seven months of the Israeli offensive.

Spain rejects the limitations

“Just today we have already delivered a first verbal note to the Israeli Government, completely rejecting any limitation on our Consulate General, which has a status protected by International Law and by the Vienna Convention (on diplomatic relations) and, therefore, “We totally reject that,” declared the Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, upon his arrival at the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Prague.

Albares also said that yesterday he was speaking with his counterparts from Ireland and Norway to give “a joint response to the different falsehoods that have been spread these days on social networks,” in reference to several messages from senior Israeli officials against these European countries, which recognized Palestine in a coordinated manner.

Do not fall into provocations

Albares asked for respect for the Spanish diplomatic missions and said that one way to “not fall into provocations and not want to fuel escalations” is “not to make announcements or foreign policy with a tweet.”

“As you have seen this morning with the note verbale, of course, we are going to be firm. International Law is on our side, the Vienna Conventions (on diplomatic and consular relations) are on our side and the historical status of the Consulate General of Spain in Jerusalem, recognized by the State of Israel itself when we established diplomatic relations for it, is also on our side,” he stated.

In this sense, the Spanish minister stressed that the Vienna Conventions “bind us to all States on the planet” and “are obligatory.”

“There is one thing that perhaps the Spanish do not know, but, of course, the Government of Israel does and the United Nations does too. The Consulate General of Spain in Jerusalem has what is called a historical status,” said the head of Spanish diplomacy.

He explained that this is responsible for “serving the Spaniards throughout their demarcation,” but also “for the Pious work in the Holy Land” and explained that there are “very few” of those historical consulates, whose existence predates the creation of the State of Israel.

“In the exchange of diplomatic notes that gave rise to the recognition and establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and Israel, Israel committed and continues to commit, therefore, to respect that very specific status that our consulate has,” he stressed.


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