Madrid Deepens Ties With Israel amid ongoing Barcelona row

The Madrid regional premier, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has been in Jerusalem amid the continuing disagreement between Barcelona´s Mayor, Ada Colau, and Israel over her determination to drop the town´s twinning with Tel Aviv citing claims of “apartheid” and “violation of human rights.”

In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, final week, Ada Colau stated the transfer was as a result of Israel’s ‘systemic violation’ of the rights of the Palestinian inhabitants.

Ayuso who was in Israel to advertise the Madrid area stated: “Barcelona did one thing that may be a massive mistake and that doesn’t characterize the entire of Spain and it doesn’t characterize Madrid.”

“My message doesn’t go towards anybody. It goes in favour,” she stated of the connection with Israel. “We wish to share experiences for start-ups and affordability and likewise to strengthen the relations between Israel and Madrid.”

Isabel Diaz Ayuso visits the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

Ayuso stated  that she launched the historical past of Sephardi Jewry to the Madrid regional training system.

“Two years in the past, we launched the historical past of Sephard to all of our colleges.” Now all colleges within the area be taught concerning the wealthy Jewish historical past within the nation in addition to about Spanish Jews through the interval of the Holocaust, she stated.

“We have now promoted initiatives towards BDS [boycott, divestments and sanctions on Israel], we’ve promoted initiatives towards antisemitism on the European Parliament and, after all, we commemorate the Shoah, the Holocaust,” she stated, including that “we additionally keep in mind the hyperlinks between us, at each alternative.”

Throughout her go to to Israel, she met with President Isaac Herzog, Economic system Minister Nir Barkat, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum and Hadassah Medical Group ’s director-general, Yoram Weiss.

“For me, the essential message is that Madrid is an open place, which absolutely receives many individuals, particularly Jewish Madridians. Madrid is their residence, and Barcelona’s determination doesn’t characterize the overwhelming majority of Catalonians and, after all, of Spaniards,” Ayuso stated.

The go to may also promote Madrid as a connecting vacation spot for Israeli enterprise within the nation and the Americas.

The Spanish authorities has additionally weighed in towards the Barcelona mayor.

The Spanish International Minister, José Manuel Albares, attacked the ‘unilateral determination, and I perceive an virtually private determination, by the mayor’.

‘I consider that Barcelona’s vocation is to be an open metropolis, as Spain is,’ he stated. “I don’t consider that something good is achieved by suspending, chopping & expelling.”



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