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May 19, 2003

Cause for Hope?

Israel’s man in Madrid finds reasons for optimism and worry

It’s no secret that many Israelis believe Europe is firmly against them.

But Spain in recent years has shown a decided shift from a staunchly pro-Arab policy to a fair view of the Middle East conflict.

That, at least, is the view of Israeli Ambassador Herzl Inbar, who is wrapping up his four-year stint in Madrid this month...

“When you talk to people on the street, they understand what we are facing,” he said. “They understand that it’s the same problem Spain is facing with terrorism, though to a different degree.”