Foreign minister returns envoy to Spain recalled over president’s criticism of Israeli war against Hamas

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Ambassador Rodica Radian-Gordon. (Youtube screenshot)
Ambassador Rodica Radian-Gordon. (Youtube screenshot)

Foreign Minister Israel Katz decides to return Israel’s Ambassador to Spain, Rodica Radian-Gordon, to Madrid next week.

She was recalled in November by Katz’s predecessor Eli Cohen after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he had “serious doubts” that Israel’s war with Hamas complies with international humanitarian law.

“In light of a positive change in the messages coming from the Spanish government and the importance of Israel-Spain relations, it was decided that the ambassador will return to Madrid and will continue her activities to promote support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens against the Hamas terror group and to build international pressure for the release of all the hostages in the Gaza Strip,” says the Foreign Ministry in a statement, which doesn’t elaborate on the “positive changes” it has been seeing in Madrid’s messaging.

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