Spain Signals Shift In Mideast Policy With U.N. Speech Underlining Commitment To Israel

New York, NY, September 27, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised the Spanish foreign minister for her United Nations speech expressing Spain's commitment to the State of Israel "as the embodiment of the project to create a homeland for the Jewish people."

Speaking at the 66th U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez underlined Spain's commitment to a negotiated Israeli-Palestinian peace that would result in two states, secure borders and resettle Palestinian refugees outside of the Jewish state.

"Spain sent a direct and much needed message to the Palestinian leadership and people that they must accept Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The foreign minister's clear statement that the refugee issue should be settled 'allowing the preservation of Israel's current character' underscores Spain's commitment to Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people."

In a letter to Ms. Jimenez, the League noted that Spain's support for a Palestinian state is a position shared by Israel and the United States. "We hope your leadership will be emulated by your European Union colleagues and the collective EU positions will change from support for 'two states' to support for 'two states for two peoples, Palestine as the nation state for the Palestinians and Israel as the nation state for the Jewish people' and for Palestinian refugees to be settled outside of Israel," Mr. Foxman wrote.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.