Defense minister says Israel should not ‘engage with Israel’s oppressors’ after Irish Senate passes bill with overwhelming majority to criminalize Israeli imports from West Bank, setting Ireland on path to be first EU country to do so.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Thursday for Israel to shut down the Israeli Embassy in Dublin in response to the Irish Senate voting overwhelmingly to approve a proposal to boycott companies and imports of goods from the West Bank settlements, a move that Israel warned Dublin not to implement in January.
“There is no point in summoning the Irish ambassador to Israel for a reprimand … We will not engage with Israel’s oppressors. Israel should close immediately its embassy in Dublin,” Lieberman tweeted. “We won’t turn the other cheek to a country which boycotts us.”