Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero telephoned Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the upcoming vote in the U.N. General Assembly on recognizing a Palestinian state.

Zapatero briefed the Israeli prime minister on efforts within the European Union to forge a consensus position on the Palestinian initiative, the Spanish government said in a statement.

Spain is confident the United Nations will achieve broad agreement on "irreversible steps" for recognition of Palestinian statehood, Zapatero said Tuesday during a summit in Turkey.

Netanyahu told the Spanish leader that Israel is opposed to the current drive for international recognition of a Palestinian state, according to the statement issued in Madrid.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, plans to put the case for recognition before the U.N. General Assembly when it convenes later this month.

Spain is one of a number of EU nations that support the Palestinian bid, while other countries, notably Germany and the Netherlands, are reluctant to extend recognition now.