Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom stated, after his meeting in Madrid with the new Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, that the fight against terrorism is a global struggle in which all free states must concentrate their joint efforts on defeating the extremists.

 FM Shalom meets with Spanish PM Zapatero

 

FM Shalom and Spanish PM Zapatero (GPO)

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom stated, after his meeting in Madrid with the new Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, that the fight against terrorism is a global struggle in which all free states must concentrate their joint efforts on defeating the extremists. Minister Shalom also opined that there is no difference between Al Qaida’s attack on the subway in Madrid and the suicide bombings perpetrated by Palestinian extremists with the encouragement of the terrorist organizations.
 
During the discussions, which extended beyond the expected time (about an hour and a half), both sides expressed a mutual desire to nurture relations between Israel and the new Spanish government.

Prime Minister Zapatero volunteered his help in bringing about a renewed dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians. He also spoke of his desire to strengthen ties with Israel.

Foreign Minister Shalom was very impressed with the new Spanish prime minister and his readiness to actively promote the Middle East peace process and to deepen Israeli-Spanish relations. Speaking about the destruction of houses in the Gaza Strip, Mr. Shalom said that Israel is determined to do whatever it takes to protect its citizens. The IDF’s actions are defensive and directed against the terrorists trying to hurt Israeli citizens.