Liberman calls to shutter Israel’s embassy in Ireland to protest BDS bill

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called for Israel to shut down the Israeli embassy in Dublin in response to Irish legislation that makes it a criminal act to do business with Jews in areas beyond the Green Line. 

By: World Israel News Staff

The Irish Senate voted to approve a proposal to criminalize doing business with Jews in Judea, Samaria, parts of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights — areas that came under Israel’s control after the 1967 Six Day War.

“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.