Spanish Judge Issues Arrest Warrant For Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Spanish judge issues arrest warrant for Netanyahu

A Spanish judge has issued an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to local reports. 

Netanyahu and seven other government officials face immediate arrest if they set foot in Spain due to their illegal attempts to stop aid from reaching the Palestinians.

According to the Latin America Herald Tribune, Judge Jose de la Mata made an official order to the police to notify him if Mr. Netanyahu enters Spain.

Independent.co.uk reports: The other men named in the issue are former 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, who was in charge of the operation.

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 Nachshontold 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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