Statement by Tanaiste on developments in Israel
Statement23 April 2020
Statement by Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade,
Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D. on developments in Israel
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D. today commented on recent developments in Israel.
He said, “I take note of reports that a political agreement, reached during coalition negotiations in Israel, foresees the annexation of territory in the West Bank, which is part of the occupied Palestinian territory. A new Israeli government has yet to be formally put in place, and I wish that process well. However, I think it important, as a friend and partner of Israel, to be very clear about the gravity of any such step.
Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law, including the UN Charter, whenever and wherever it occurs, in Europe’s neighbourhood or globally. This is a fundamental principle in the relations of states and the rule of law in the modern world. No one state can set it aside at will.
Ireland remains committed to a negotiated two-state solution that ends the occupation that began in 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, on the basis of international law, the internationally-agreed parameters and relevant UN Security Council resolutions. This accords with the European Union’s long-standing position. We firmly believe that this is the only outcome which will provide long term security, freedom and prosperity to both peoples.”
23 April 2020