Adams calls on Government to recognise Palestinian State
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today raised the formal recognition by the Irish government of the Palestinian state with the Taoiseach in the Dáil.
Gerry Adams told the Taoiseach:
“The US Administration has strongly criticised Israeli plans to illegally build hundreds of new homes in existing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.
“The US State Department has described this as the latest step in a systematic process of land seizures and the UN Secretary General has said that he is deeply disappointed.
“Half a million Israeli settlers have been living in more than 100 illegal settlements since the 1967 occupation. Clearly, it is a good thing that the US Government is criticising this action. I think our Government can give a lead.
“The Taoiseach knows about the programme for Government commitment to recognise the state of Palestine and that in 2014, the Oireachtas voted in support of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.
“Will the Taoiseach consider formally recognising the Palestinian state, upgrading the Palestinian mission and adding this State's support to the political movement needed to re-establish the peace process in the Middle East?”
Responding the Taoiseach said:
“The acquisition of further lands by Israel for the purpose of building apartments or houses is one I deplore. It is of great concern to the general, fragile efforts being made to bring about a two-state solution. This will not help the situation. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade is working on the question of Palestine, having moved some way in this direction, and there are still some matters to be considered.”