Spain issues arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister

A Supreme Court judge said he would reopen a case against Benjamin Netanyahu should he set foot in Spain

LAST UPDATED: 17 Nov, 2015 @ 14:54
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A SPANISH judge has issued an arrest warrant for controversial Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials.

Jose de la Mata, in Madrid’s Supreme Court, claimed he would reopen a case regarding the 2010 Freedom Flotilla attack should Netanyahu and the other individuals set foot in Spain.

The Freedom Flotilla ships were attempting to break an Israeli blockade and reach the war-stricken Palestinian city of Gaza with humanitarian aid and construction materials.

However, the Israeli Defence Force stormed the main civilian vessel in the fleet and ten of the human rights activists on board died in the ensuing melee.

At the time, Netanyahu defended the killings on grounds of self-defence.

The case was put on hold last year but now could be reopened, with the judge claiming Israel’s actions could constitute crimes of illegal detention, deportation and torture against persons and goods protected in armed conflict.

An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said: “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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5 COMMENTS

  1. This move will be even less effective than the warrant for Pinochet. Can’t see Netanyahu coming for an all-in package in Benidorm….

  2. Ole!!!!…For Judge Matador in his fight against bully Bibi… Ole!!!!! Let’s see if the power hungry, religious extreme and justice seeking arena crowd gives the bull a death pardon for his noble performance. So what does these all mean? Well, you just have to do some thinking and come out with your own conclusion… Ole!!!

  3. Another idiotic decision by the Spanish legal system . It would be more beneficial for the judiciary to concentrate on more pressing cases in Spain .

  4. And how would spain respond if a bunch of naive do-gooders ran a police blockage here in spain?
    Remember how the spanish were shooting at migrants swimming for the shore?

    This really is one of the dumbest events in recent history. At least it’ll deflect from the “Gibraltar’s trillion dollar cigarette smuggling caused world poverty” nonsence.

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