The independence movement faces stiff opposition from Spain.
Numbering between 10,000 and 15,000, Barcelona’s Jews are not of the same opinion when it comes to Catalan independence.
"Spain and Israel are both young democracies...facing trials and turmoil abroad and at home," President Reuven Rivlin told Spanish lawmakers.
President Rivlin and First Lady Nechama were guests of honor at a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid hosted by Spanish King Felipe and Queen Letizia.
Que pensent les juifs de Catalogne de l’indépendance de la région ?
Although Rivlin’s visit celebrates 30 years of diplomatic ties between Spain and Israel, this year is also the 525th anniversary year of the expulsion of Spanish Jewry.
This is the sad aftermath to the European Union’s post-nationalist experiment.
How Catalonia self-destructed.
The number of vacations booked to the Catalan region by Israelis has dropped 23%.
Several Spanish ministers said at the weekend they were convinced civil servants would obey orders and reminded that those who did not could lose their job.