After Netanyahu Summons Ambassador, Irish Senate Postpones Debate on Bill Blocking Israeli Settlement Goods

(Ha'aretz) Noa Landau - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Tuesday new legislation in Ireland that could forbid the import and sale of products from Israeli settlements. He instructed the Foreign Ministry to summon the Irish ambassador in Israel to express Israel's dissatisfaction. After debating the bill on Tuesday, the Irish Senate decided to postpone further debate until July. This will allow the Irish government five months to make progress on a diplomatic approach and action at the EU level. It also gives more time for changes to the bill, those involved in the matter said. The idea of boycotting goods from the settlements is not the only goal of the supporters of the BDS movement, said Dan Diker, director of the Political Warfare Project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. The BDS movement's goal, as expressed by its founder Omar Barghouti, is to "reject the idea of a Jewish state in any part of Palestine." BDS wants to replace the Jewish state, Diker added.

2018-01-31 00:00:00

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