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.”