Thursday, 22 April 2021

Questions (63)

John Brady


63. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the contact he has had with Israeli authorities with regard to the Government commitment to recognise the state of Palestine in order to urgently protect the integrity of Palestinian territory; the specific circumstances that will be required to progress these efforts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20939/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Programme for Government states that the Government will “Honour our commitment to recognise the State of Palestine as part of a lasting settlement of the conflict, or in advance of that, when we believe doing so will progress efforts to reach a Two-State solution or protect the integrity of Palestinian territory”. I have been clear that, in recognition of the lack of progress towards a Two-State solution, I would be prepared to recommend to the Government early recognition by Ireland of a State of Palestine, if and when it might be helpful. This is an issue where there could be benefits to moving in step with EU partners, and it is a matter that I discuss regularly with EU colleagues. Recognition by Ireland outside the context of an overall peace agreement could, however, affect Ireland’s influence on the Israel-Palestine conflict at EU and international level. Timing and context would affect whether such a loss of influence would be matched by a commensurate benefit for the Palestinian people and a positive impact on the peace process. Ireland is committed to supporting a viable Two-State solution, in line with the agreed parameters for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The matter is discussed regularly at the Security Council.