Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Irish Hypocrisy Hiding Under a Thin Veneer of Diplomatic Morality.

Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, visited Israel on a two day visit in early December. He met with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, before meeting PA boss, Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah.
Bibi told him of Israel's displeasure to Ireland considering criminalising the buying or selling Jewish products from Judea & Samaria, parts of Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, and the Golan Heights.
Such a law would have serious economic consequences for Ireland, currently enjoying a huge $1.1 billion trade surplus with Israel.
Trade from the limited areas threatened by Ireland is only $1.7 million.
From an Israeli perspective, Ireland wants to use a tank to destroy a tin can.
If they do that, Israel has the option of destroying the tank by closing its Irish embassy and using that budget to open a trading embassy in a more sympathetic country.
Israel can also counter-boycott by buying products and services elsewhere rather than from the Irish. This will be a damaging $1B+ poke in the eye of the Irish economy.
It will be an interesting exercise to research how much Ireland is invested in Turkey, China, Morocco, Russia and other countries who are occupying other people's territory (which is not the case with Israel). It is clear that Irish hypocrisy will be found hiding under the thin veneer of diplomatic morality. 
Minister Coveney was in an uncomfortable diplomatic position. He and his fine Gael party oppose the bill. He said a year ago that the bill “would send an important message to the Palestinians but would not enhance Ireland’s international position.”
He is right. The message would embolden Palestinian intransigence while damaging Ireland’s reputation with the stain of anti-Semitic exclusivity
If Ireland truly wants to move the sides towards peace, Ireland should impose a boycott, an absolute isolation on the Palestinian Authority, until it stops its terror indoctrination based on its Jew hatred, until it stops its obscene "Pay to Slay" policy of rewarding its killers, and commit to return to the negotiation table with Israel.
But of course none of this will happen as long as Ireland has a boycott foreign policy exclusively aimed at Israel, the Jewish State.
Barry Shaw,
International Public Diplomacy Director,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

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