Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein announced this week that he has decided to postpone a scheduled visit of a Knesset delegation to Ireland after its parliament’s lower house, the Dail Eireann, advanced a bill on January 24th that would criminalize the import or sale of Israeli goods originating in Judea and Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
In a letter to the chairman of the Dail Eireann, Sean O Fearghail, Speaker Edelstein said he had learned of the measure “with a mix of disappointment and outrage,” calling it a “blatant effort to meddle in Israel’s domestic policy through one-sided support of an extreme position that denies Israel’s legitimate right to exist, and one that we in Jerusalem cannot overlook.”
“In light of these unfortunate developments, I have decided to postpone the upcoming visit to Dublin by the Israel-Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was due to take place in March,” Speaker Edelstein wrote.
“In order to restore the nascent relations between our parliaments to a more positive course, I urge you to take the steps necessary to ensure that this measure does not become law.”
In a separate statement, Speaker Edelstein said “Ireland is obsessively preoccupied with Israel, but remains silent on the horrors that flood the neighboring countries of the Middle East on a daily basis. Hypocrisy at its best.”