The Irish Senate voted to approve a proposal to criminalize doing business with Jews in Judea, Samaria, parts of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, according to World Israel News Staff. The targeted areas are those that came under Israel’s control after the 1967 Six Day War.
Israel’s defense minister was out of patience and even suggested closing the embassy that Israel has in Ireland.
“There is no point in summoning the Irish ambassador to Israel to be reprimanded,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted.
“With Israel’s enemies there is nothing to discuss. Israel should close immediately its embassy in Dublin,” Liberman tweeted. “We won’t turn the other cheek to a country which boycotts us.”
After the vote, which passed in a 25-20 vote on Wednesday, the Irish ambassador was summoned to a meeting at the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s office.
If Ireland advances legislation and officially approves the proposal, it will become the first country in the European Union to criminalize import of goods from the settlements.