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Spain Issues Arrest Warrant for Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Spain Issues Arrest Warrant for Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been issued an arrest warrant by a Spanish judge according to reports. Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials are now at risk of arrest if they set foot in Spain. ‘We consider it to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it cancelled’ According to the Latin America Heral Tribune the Spanish national court judge, Jose de la Mata made an official order to the police to notify him if Mr Netanyahu and the other named government officials enter Spain. The actions of Mr Netanyahu and group could now see a case against them for the Freedom Flotilla attack of 2010 reopened. Defence minister Ehud Barak, former foreign minister Avigdor Leiberman, former minister of strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, minister without portfolio Benny Begin and vice admiral maron Eliezer, are also the other men named.

the Independent reports: The case – which was put on hold by Judge de la Mata last year – was brought against the men following an attack by Israeli security forces against the Freedom Flotilla aid ships in 2010, which was trying to reach Gaza. It concerns the Mavi Marmara ship, the main civilian vessel in a fleet of six that were attempting to break an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. The six ships were carrying around 500 passengers, humanitarian aid and construction materials.
The Israeli Defence Force stormed the ship in a raid that left nine human rights activists dead. A tenth activist died later that month due to wounds sustained in the raid. The Israeli Prime Minister and other officials now face charges in the case, should it be reopened. An Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon told the Jerusalem Post: “We consider it to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it cancelled. We hope it will be over soon.”

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