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Ireland’s PM claims that Israel misrepresents Irish opinions about Palestine

Ireland’s opinions are being misrepresented by Israel, according to remarks made by Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris on Thursday.

Together with Norway and Spain, Ireland said on Wednesday that it now recognizes Palestine as a state.

On Tuesday, May 28, the decision will officially go into force in each of the three nations.

Israel responded by threatening “severe consequences.”

The Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned Ireland’s ambassador to Israel, along with her Spanish and Norwegian colleagues, for a reprimand.

The three ambassadors were shown footage of Hamas executing kidnappings as part of a “severe demarche.”

Israel Katz, the foreign minister of Israel, said that Harris and Ireland had “rewarded terrorism.”

Speaking on the censure on Thursday, Harris said that Irish Ambassador Sonya McGuinness was doing a “miraculous” job of expressing Irish opinions.

“What I will not tolerate is any country misrepresenting the position of the Irish people,” he said. “Any Foreign Ministry can call in any Ambassador.”

“As the head of the Irish government, I speak for all of Ireland when I say that we have been unequivocally clear in our condemnation of Hamas and the most horrific, barbaric massacre that occurred in Israel on October 7.”

“We demand the immediate, complete release of all hostages.”

“However, it is totally feasible to state both what I have just stated and the following part, which regrettably some people choose not to mention: that what is occurring in Gaza and Palestine is a humanitarian disaster.”

“That there are children in Gaza who will go to bed tonight not knowing if they will wake up in the morning, that children are starving and being deprived of food.”

“This state of affairs cannot continue. It must end.

“I have no intention of being diverted from the urgent need for a peace settlement; the need for the hostages to be released so that humanitarian aid can enter the region unhindered and unhindered; and the need for an immediate end to the violence in the Middle East.”

“And I can say this to the people of Israel: We recognise the state of Israel,” Harris said in her CNN interview.

“We acknowledge Israel’s right to a peaceful and secure existence.”

They have that right. The right to peace and security must equally apply to the people of Palestine.

“And let me also say this to the people of Israel,” he said. The Irish people are familiar with what it’s like to have a terrorist group appropriate their national identity.

“Hamas is not the people of Palestine, and the Irish Republican Army was never the people of Ireland.”

Prior to this, Harris said that the goal of the Palestinian statehood recognition was to create “momentum towards a peace process” with Israel.

The Irish prime minister was questioned about Israel’s concerns during his speech in Dublin on Thursday.

“I had a very good conversation last Friday with Israel’s president, Isaac Herzog,” he said. It was courteous yet tough.

“I don’t think anyone in the world, least of all Israel, would have been surprised by the decision that Ireland, Norway, and Spain took yesterday,” the speaker said after we discussed our points of view and I laid out the Irish viewpoint.

“I firmly think that’s the appropriate course of action. It is an attempt to build momentum for a peace process that, while it may seem distant, is fundamentally and urgently required.

“The only way to bring peace and stability to the people of Israel and Palestine is through a two-state solution.”

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