Israel withdraws its ambassadors from Ireland and Norway

Israel recalled its ambassadors from Ireland, Spain and Norway to protest those countries’ statements that they recognize Palestine as a state.

The ambassadors of those three countries have also been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

‘Sending a clear and unambiguous message’

“I am sending a clear and unequivocal message to Ireland and Norway: Israel will not remain silent in the face of those who undermine its sovereignty and endanger its security,” wrote Israeli Foreign Minister Irsael Katz in a post on X.

“Today’s decision sends a message to the Palestinians and the world: terrorism pays,” Katz said while explaining that it was problematic to take such a step after the Hamas-led invasion of Israel on October 7.

In that attack more than 1,200 people died and 252 were taken hostage.

Flags of Palestine and Ireland fly side by side over the International Wall in support of Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 29, 2024 ( credit: Clodagh Kilcoyn/Reuters)

Katz wrote that “after the terrorist organization Hamas carried out the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, after committing heinous sexual crimes witnessed by the world, these countries chose to reward Hamas and Iran by recognizing a Palestinian state.”

“This distorted measure by these countries is an injustice to the memory of the victims of July 10, a blow to the efforts to return the 128 hostages and a boost for Hamas and the jihadists in Iran, which undermines the chances of peace and questions Israel’s right. to self-defense,” Katz wrote.

He warned other countries not to do the same.

“Israel will not remain silent; there will be more serious consequences. If Spain follows through on its intention to recognize a Palestinian state, a similar measure will be taken against it.

“The Irish-Norwegian madness doesn’t stop us; We are determined to achieve our objectives: restore the security of our citizens, dismantle Hamas and bring the hostages home. There are no more just causes than these,” he wrote.