(JNS.org) Israel will reportedly remain neutral on Catalonia’s bid for independence from Spain, rebuffing a request from the Spanish government for the Jewish state to align itself with other Western countries that are opposing the bid.
The Israeli news website NRG reported that “it was decided Monday that [Israel] will not respond to the request of the Spanish government to declare publicly that it does not recognize the independence of Catalonia.”
According to the report, Israel’s neutral stance on Catalonia stems from the region’s sympathy towards the Jewish state, as well as Catalonia’s opposition of decades of the Spanish government’s sharp criticism of Israel. At the same time, the report adds that Israel cannot fully support Catalonian independence because such a position would break from the international consensus on the issue.
Israel’s neutral stance comes despite widespread support for the Spanish government’s actions against Catalonia from most Western countries, including the U.S. and European nations.
“Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the United States supports the Spanish government’s constitutional measures to keep Spain strong and united,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said last Friday.