Ne­tanyahu Crit­i­cizes Ir­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Over Sup­port For Pales­tini­ans

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: TPS

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Binyamin Ne­tanyahu is­sued a terse state­ment Tues­day crit­i­ciz­ing Ire­land’s sup­port for the Pales­tini­ans af­ter meet­ing with vis­it­ing Ir­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Si­mon Coveney.

“Prime Min­is­ter Ne­tanyahu ex­pressed his dis­sat­is­fac­tion over Ire­land’s tra­di­tional stance and told the For­eign Min­is­ter that his coun­try does not con­demn Pales­tini­ans for in­cite­ment and for glo­ri­fy­ing those who com­mit ter­ror­ist at­tacks,” read a state­ment from the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice. “The Prime Min­is­ter also asked him why Ire­land helps NGOs that call for the de­struc­tion of Is­rael and noted that many Euro­pean coun­tries are over­look­ing the core prob­lem of the con­flict – the Pales­tinian re­fusal to rec­og­nize the state of the Jews,” the state­ment added.

Coveney said in a brief­ing later in the day that he had held a “con­struc­tive and frank dis­cus­sion” with Ne­tanyahu.

“Of course, we have clear dif­fer­ences on some is­sues, but these dif­fer­ences are hon­estly held and openly ex­pressed,” Coveney added.

Coveney, who is also Deputy Leader of Ire­land’s rul­ing Fine Gael party, said dis­cus­sions with Ne­tanyahu touched on a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing set­tle­ments, the hu­man­i­tar­ian and po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Gaza and the peace process.

Prior to his de­par­ture for Is­rael and the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity, which he vis­its later this week, Coveney said he would use the op­por­tu­nity “to make clear Ire­land’s con­cerns about the im­pact of the con­tin­u­ing oc­cu­pa­tion and the fact that, as things stand, the prospects of a com­pre­hen­sive peace agree­ment re­main dim.”

While Ne­tanyahu ex­pressed his dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Ir­ish pol­icy in the re­gion, Coveney added a pos­i­tive note, say­ing they had also dis­cussed “grow­ing trade be­tween Ire­land and Is­rael.”

Coveney meets to­mor­row with Pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin and on Thurs­day he will meet with Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Binyamin Ne­tanyahu is­sued a terse state­ment Tues­day crit­i­ciz­ing Ire­land’s sup­port for the Pales­tini­ans af­ter meet­ing with vis­it­ing Ir­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Si­mon Coveney. Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO

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