Spanish FM signals support for PA at UN, drawing

Madrid's FM says she hopes meeting with EU FMs will bring progress toward recognition of statehood; J'lem irritated by Spanish move.

August 21, 2011 14:38
1 minute read.
Spanish FM Trinidad Jimenez  with Abbas

Spanish FM Trinidad Jimenez with PA President Abbas 311 (R). (photo credit: Andrea Comas / Reuters)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Spain hopes a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on September 2 will bring progress toward the recognition of a Palestinian state, Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez has said.

“There’s the feeling that now is the time to do something, to give the Palestinians the hope that a state could become reality,” she said in an interview with El Pais newspaper published on Sunday.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

“We have to give them some signal, because if we don’t it could generate great frustration for the Palestinian people,” she said.

Jimenez’s comments of apparent support for a Palestinian move at the UN in September coming ahead of the monthly meeting of EU foreign minister in Sopot, Poland, elicited a disappointed response from the Foreign Ministry.

“The Palestinian unilateral move is the incarnation of rejectionism,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said. “By evading the need for direct talks, the Palestinians are jeopardizing future chances for reaching a peace agreement. Those who would promote peace in the Middle East should encourage the Palestinians to return to the negotiation table, rather than allowing them to indulge in illusions.”

Asked whether Israel would call in Spain’s ambassador to Israel and protest the comments, or take any other steps to demonstrate its displeasure as was done earlier in the month when the Foreign Ministry called in the ambassador from Honduras to protest after that country said it would vote with the Palestinian Authority at the UN in September, one ministry official said Jerusalem was “studying” Jimenez’s statement.

The official said that Spain’s position was no surprise, and that no one in Jerusalem really expected Madrid to break with its traditional pro-Arab stance.

What is now clear, the official said, is that there will be no consensus among the EU countries in the UN General Assembly in September regarding the statehood recognition vote, with Spain likely to be joined in voting with the Palestinians by Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia and Luxembourg.

Among those EU countries that have already said that they would not support the move are Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and the Czech Republic.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN