Israel’s ambassador on his way back to Spain

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Israel’s new foreign minister, Israel Katz, is going to send Israel’s ambassador to Spain back to Madrid.

This decision follows a few months after Katz’s predecessor had the ambassador return to Israel in November after Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish prime minister, questioned the legality of Israel’s war in Gaza.

Ambassador Rodica Radian-Gordon was recalled by Eli Cohen in November after Sanchez reportedly made “outrageous comments” during an interview on Spanish television.

Sanchez said in the relevant interview that he had “serious doubts” about the legality of Israel’s actions in the war-torn Gaza Strip.

However, Radian-Gordon will now return to Madrid next week, Katz announced on Thursday.

The announcement follows a few days after a cabinet reshuffle in which Katz replaced Cohen as Secretary of State.

Katz now says he decided to send Radian-Gordon back to Madrid after “a change for the better” in the messages the Spanish government sends to Israel.

The aim was also to garner support “”for the right of the State of Israel to protect its citizens against the terrorist organization Hamas” and to ensure more “”international pressure for the release of hostages”, Katz said.

There has been diplomatic tension between Israel and Spain for some time due to repeated comments by Sanchez criticizing Israel’s war in Gaza.

Sanchez said in the relevant television interview that the world should tell Israel to base its actions on international humanitarian law. “And with the images we see and the growing number of people dying, especially boys and girls, I have serious doubts.”