The problem is that the Spanish left is traditionally in favor of the Arab world. Never mind terrorism or innocent victims. Leftists and "people of culture" in Spain excusing Palestinian terrorism systematically calling it "freedom fighters." No one can say publicly that he is in favor of Israel without thinking that will have consequences for their public image. Indeed, the gay associations in Spain are linked to the PSOE and Zapatero has photos with a keffiyeh. Sad but true.
Firebomb thrown during demonstration in northern Israeli town of Umm al Fahm (Haaretz)