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Ireland does not want to ‘sever diplomatic relations’ with Israel, claims Harris




Simon Harris has stated that Ireland does not wish to “sever diplomatic relations” with Israel by acknowledging the statehood of the Palestinian people, reports RTE.

The phone conversation on Friday between Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Taoiseach Simon Harris about the government’s intention to acknowledge the state of Palestine by the end of the month has sparked a diplomatic spat.

Last night, RTÉ News was informed by sources close to the Israeli President that Herzog had cautioned that unilaterally recognising Palestine may end any chance of Hamas freeing its captives in Gaza and inspire more assaults on Israel, reports RTE.

However, this has been disputed in Dublin.

Speaking after the National Famine Commemoration ceremony in County Longford, Mr. Harris stated that the move would not be unilateral and that he had no desire in engaging in a “back and forth” with the Israeli President.

When asked if this action would result in Ireland and Israel cutting diplomatic ties, Mr. Harris responded in the negative.

He said: “It is not unilateral, Ireland is working with a number of like-minded countries in relation to this. I expect more to move in the coming days, I expect more to move in the coming weeks. Certainly Ireland doesn’t wish to sever diplomatic relations. You can strongly disagree with a country, you can differentiate between the government of a country and the people of a country,” reports RTE.

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