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Israel Slams Ireland’s New PM for Overlooking Hostages Held by Hamas in Gaza

In a sharp rebuke, Israel’s foreign ministry has criticized Ireland’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Simon Harris, for allegedly failing to address the plight of Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza during his recent speech to the Irish parliament. The diplomatic spat underscores escalating tensions between the two nations over Ireland’s stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict and its involvement in legal proceedings against Israel.

Israel’s foreign ministry issued a statement accusing Prime Minister Harris of omitting any mention of the 133 Israeli hostages trapped in Hamas tunnels for the past six months. Describing Ireland’s perceived bias as being “on the wrong side of history,” Israel condemned what it termed the “worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust.”

In response, Prime Minister Harris, the youngest-ever premier of Ireland, condemned the violence in Gaza during his parliamentary address, highlighting the suffering of innocent civilians, particularly women and children. While acknowledging Hamas’s terrorist actions, he also criticized Israel’s response as disproportionate, prompting further criticism from Israel.

Ireland’s foreign policy decisions, including its intention to recognize a Palestinian state and its involvement in legal actions against Israel at the International Court of Justice, have exacerbated tensions with Israel. The Israeli government views these actions as endorsements of terrorism and threats to its security.

The Israel-Hamas conflict, which began on October 7 with Hamas’s attack on southern Israel, has led to a significant loss of civilian lives and the seizure of hostages. International concern over the situation remains high, with Ireland’s stance drawing both support and criticism from various quarters.

The diplomatic spat between Israel and Ireland highlights the complexities of the Israel-Palestine conflict and underscores the divergent perspectives among nations. As tensions persist, diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of the conflict and promote peace remain crucial.

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