The Deputy DG for European Affairs expressed Israel’s disappointment at FM Jimenez’s statement published in El Pais.

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

Following an interview by Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez in El Pais newspaper on Sunday, Spain’s ambassador to Israel was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem (22 August). Naor Gilon, Deputy Director General for European Affairs, expressed Israel’s disappointment in Jimenez’s statement, saying the foreign minister’s statement was surprising especially given the excellent bilateral relations between the two states. 

Spanish Ambassador Alvaro Iranzo explained that FM Jimenez’s statements were taken out of context. He stressed that Spain has not yet determined its position on the vote expected to take place at the UN in September, but that it will be  contingent on consultations among the EU states as well as on the phrasing of the Palestinian proposal. He added that, unless the text is drafted in a balanced way and includes the need to resume negotiations between the parties and to ensure Israel’s security, Spain will not be able to support the resolution.

The ambassador added that FM Jimenez’s intention was to express support in principle for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, and not to announce how Spain will vote in September.

Later in the week, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon is expected to meet with senior Spanish officials in Madrid to continue the discussion on this subject.