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Lieberman calls for closing Israeli embassy in Ireland over settlement vote

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman

Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman has called for the closure of the Tel Aviv regime's embassy in Ireland following the country's passing of legislation which could block the import of products made in Israeli settlements.

Lieberman reacted to the new Irish legislation on Saturday, stressing that the embassy in Dublin should be “immediately” shutdown as a result of the vote.

“The Irish Senate has given its support to a populist, dangerous and extremist anti-Israel boycott initiative that hurts the chances of dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians; it will have a negative impact on the diplomatic process in the Middle East,” said Lieberman's spokesman.

On Wednesday, Israel summoned Ireland’s ambassador over the country’s passing of the legislation.

The Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill passed earlier in the day in the Irish parliament by a 25-20 vote with most of the country's major political blocs backing it.

The bill was proposed by Frances Black, an independent senator, who ahead of the vote called on her colleagues to back the legislation "to state firmly that Irish foreign policy will always stand on the side of international law, human rights and justice.”    

Israel has been expanding its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank since it invaded the area in 1967. The international community views Israel’s control over the region, as well as the eastern part of the city of Jerusalem al-Quds, as illegal, and insists the territory would be a part of a future Palestinian state.

In a bid to force the regime to withdraw its claim from the area, many countries have banned the sale of goods produced by the Israeli settlers. The boycott is part of a larger international movement known as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign that calls for a full boycott of Israel.

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