Jerusalem slams Spanish parliament for calling on Madrid to recognize 'Palestine”

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November 19, 2014 11:59

Rather than voting on Tuesday to recognize a Palestinian state, the Spanish parliament would have been better off had it condemned the Palestinian terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue earlier in the day, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

The ministry was responding to a decision by the lower house of Spain's parliament which , unanimously passed a non-binding motion calling on Madrid to “recognize Palestine as a state.” This move followed similar motions passed recently in the British and Irish parliaments.

"The Spanish parliament's declaration only pushes away further the chances of reaching an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians because it encourages the Palestinians to take extreme positions,” the statement said. “It would have been better had the Spanish parliament seen fit to denounce the abominable massacre in a Jerusalem synagogue carried out by Palestinians who were incited.”


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