Spain and Israel will strengthen military cooperation
Madrid, March 14 (Prensa Latina) Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, will arrive next Tuesday in this capital to discuss with his Spanish counterpart, Carme Chacon, military cooperation between both countries.
Barak will also meet with Prime Minister Iberian, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and his Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, stated news media of the European nation.
With Zapatero and Moratinos discussed the complex situation of conflict in the Middle East, exacerbated this week after the announcement of Israel to build 600 new homes thousand in a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem. The visit by the head of the military portfolio was scheduled for last November but was suspended because of agenda, recalled the official news agency EFE. Tel Aviv then denied that the cancellation of the trip is related to an alleged refusal of Israel to Italy to Spain ceded command of the UN force in southern Lebanon, which took place on 28 January. The development of this mission, in which Madrid has about a thousand soldiers, will be among the matters to be discussed between Israeli defense official and Spanish pair, predicted the source.
Both owners intend also signed a military cooperation agreement which will provide legal framework for the development of any project of bilateral cooperation in this field. Link
"Madrid has warned that, if continued at the current rate, the Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian lands would bring about the annexation of the entire occupied territories. Spain's Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos cautioned that the advancement would claim the entire Palestinian territories in the West Bank, should the current rate of acquisition survive for another two years, AFP reported on Saturday.
"Until now, it's not too late, but if we wait for more than two years it will be too late," he said.