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Israel hits out at Ireland after declaration of ‘de facto annexation’ of areas of Palestine

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 27/05/2021 Graham McGrath
Lior Haiat standing in front of a building © Provided by Extra.ie

Israel has hit back at Ireland after the Dail passed a motion to condemn the ‘de facto annexation’ of areas of Palestine.

A Sinn Fein motion to officially condemn Israel for its actions against Palestine, which was supported in all corners of the Dail, passed on Wednesday evening.

Ireland became the first European Union country to pass such a motion, which also included an amendment to condemn Hamas attacks on Israel as well.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Israel has hit back at Ireland after the Dail passed a motion to condemn the ‘de facto annexation’ of areas of Palestine. Pic: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ © Provided by Extra.ie Israel has hit back at Ireland after the Dail passed a motion to condemn the ‘de facto annexation’ of areas of Palestine. Pic: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Following news that the motion had passed, a spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that Ireland’s decision was ‘outrageous and baseless’.

Lior Haiat said in a statement released trough Twitter: “Israel outright rejects Ireland’s outrageous and baseless position regarding Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

‘This position reflects a blatantly one-sided and simplistic policy and follows the unacceptable anti-Israel statements that were heard in Ireland at a time when the citizens of Israel were being subject to terror attacks by the more than 4,000 rockets that were launched from the Gaza Strip by the Hamas terrorist organisation.

‘The motion that was adopted today in the Irish parliament constitutes a victory for extremist Palestinian factions.

‘This motion distances Ireland from its ambition to contribute and play a constructive role in the Israeli-Palestinian context.’

An amendment to the passed motion, added by Solidarity-People Before Profit, to expel the Israeli ambassador from Ireland was rejected in a Dail vote by 46 votes for and 87 votes against.

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