Jerusalem24 – The Irish government has endorsed a parliamentary proposal condemning the “de facto annexation” of Palestinian lands by Israel, stressing that it was the first to use this phrase among the European Union governments regarding Israel.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who has represented Ireland at the UN Security Council in discussions on Israel in the past few weeks, endorsed the proposal and denounced what he described as Israel’s “clearly unfair” treatment of the Palestinian people.
“The size and frequency of settlement expansion by Israel, its strategic nature, and the intention behind that has brought us to a point at which we need to be honest about what is actually happening on the ground … it is an actual annexation,” Cofini added to Parliament.
Most countries consider the settlements that Israel builds in the lands it occupied in the 1967 Middle East war are illegal and an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.
This comes in conjunction with a proposal submitted by a number of deputies to Parliament aimed at expelling the Israeli ambassador from Ireland, against the backdrop of accusing Israel of committing war crimes during the recent escalation with the Palestinians.