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Ireland Declares Building Of Israeli Settlements In Palestinian Territories "De Facto Annexation".

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Amendment that called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador was rejected.

Ireland has declared the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories "de facto annexation".

It's after the Dail passed a Sinn Fein motion on the issue last night.

The move makes Ireland the first EU country to recognise Israel's settlements in this way.

This is the moment the Ceann Comhairle, Kildare South's Seán Ó Fearghaíl, confirmed the Sinn Féin motion was passed last night.

However, an amendment that also called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and place sanctions on the country was rejected.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, says that it could be a message to the global community to follow suit:

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says Israel should be treated the same way as apartheid South Africa was.

Israel's Foreign Ministry has described the Irish position as "outrageous and baseless".

In a statement, it says the motion distances Ireland from its ambition to contribute and play a constructive role in the Israeli-Palestinian context. .


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