Thursday, 27 May 2021

Questions (177, 179)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

177. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he plans to consult with EU partners concerning the implementation of the differentiation principle between Israel within its internationally recognised pre-1967 borders and the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; if he is satisfied that Ireland and the EU are completely fulfilling their legal obligations based on non-recognition of Israeli sovereignty over these territories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28965/21]

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Mairéad Farrell

Question:

179. Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the precise mechanisms that are in place in his Department to ensure that all bilateral agreements with Israel apply only to Israel proper and do not benefit those territories illegally occupied by Israel in 1967; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28968/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 and 179 together.

UN Security Council Resolution 2334, adopted on 23 December 2016, calls on all States to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967. The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on the Middle East Peace Process reports to the UN Security Council on the implementation of this Resolution.

Ireland has consistently and strongly opposed settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, and will continue to do so.

In keeping with differentiation, Ireland’s bilateral agreements with Israel do not apply to territories occupied by Israel in 1967.

The Department of Foreign Affairs ensures that there is information available for the public and companies regarding Ireland's policy on settlements via the Department's website. A whole of Government approach is applied to the policy of differentiation and my Department also supports other Government Departments by providing guidance and clarification on the policy of differentiation.