A senior Israeli government official has expressed support for Catalonia's referendum of separation from Spain.
Deputy Defence Minister Eliyahu Ben-Dahan described Spain as "hypocritical" for refusing to allow Catalonia to hold a referendum on its independence.
"Spain has demanded over the year to give full rights for the Palestinians, but it is not prepared to allow Catalan citizens even to hold a referendum," said Ben-Dahan of the right-wing Jewish Home party.
The Catalan government announced yesterday that 90 per cent of the 2.26 million who voted in the referendum had voted in favour of secession from Spain.
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Spain announced the referendum was illegal and unconstitutional.
Israel has recently supported a referendum held by the Kurds on separation from Iraq amid international rejection.