March 27, 2019

Israel 'shocked' over Dublin mayor visit

13 April 2018, 02:08 | Randall Craig

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a Conference in Ramallah.

The ministry said in a statement that Israel expresses its "deep disappointment and shock" over the incident involving Sinn Féin's Mícheál Mac Donncha.

A short while later Mr Mac Donncha announced that he was already in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, where he had been invited to attend a conference on the disputed status of Jerusalem.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry also said it expected an official response from the Irish government on the actions of Mac Donncha and the Dublin City Council, "who are waging a campaign of hatred and discrimination against the State of Israel".

Ireland's ambassador to Israel, Alison Kelly, was then called before the Foreign Ministry to explain the Lord Mayor's actions.

The fate of the holy city is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"I have one message for the mayor", Netanyahu wrote.

Mr Mac Donncha has criticised Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Mr Deri had written on Twitter before his arrival: "The mayor of Dublin wants to enter Israel so that he can incite against us".

Air and sea passengers travelling to the West Bank must pass through Israel, while the land border between the territory and Jordan is controlled by Israeli security and immigration officials.

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