At a ceremony in Madrid Spain and Israel recently marked 25 years of diplomatic relations.
Prizes were awarded...to individuals and institutions that have contributed to the coming together of the two countries over the last quarter century.
Eighteen people received the Samuel Hadas Award, including former Spanish presidents Jose Maria Aznar and Felipe Gonzalez. Hadas, Israel's first ambassador to Spain, was one of the [main figures] in the process that led to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Spain in 1986.
The ties put an end to nearly 40 years of estrangement following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and nearly 500 years since the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.
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