Katz to summon Irish, Spanish, Norwegian envoys for ‘severe reprimands’ over Palestinian state recognition

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Israel Katz in Jerusalem, February 19, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Foreign Minister Israel Katz in Jerusalem, February 19, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Israel Katz says he will be calling in the Irish, Spanish, and Norwegian ambassadors to Israel for “severe reprimands” and will have them watch footage of the kidnapping of five female Israeli soldiers on October 7.

In a statement, Katz says the footage will “underscore to them what a twisted decision their governments made.”

“Their step will have severe consequences,” Katz threatens.

He will also recall Israel’s ambassador to Spain for consultations, after the country’s prime minister says Madrid will recognize a Palestinian state in the coming days.

He recalled the envoy’s to Norway and Ireland earlier in the day after their leaders made similar announcements.

Katz is in Paris on a working visit to celebrate 75 years of bilateral ties.

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