The Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland has welcomed a commitment by the government, which follows a change of foreign policy by the United States. The policy deals with a statement by the Trump administration over the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which declared them legal.
This is a major shift in decades-long U.S. policy regarding the Middle East. Some, however, fear the move could stir up tension in the area. The U.S. government released an advisory which followed the announcement, to U.S. citizens considering travel to Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza, to maintain all vigilance. The statement warned, “Those opposed to the Secretary of State’s announcement may target US govt facilities, interests, and citizens.” Tánaiste Simon Coveney of Ireland responded, saying, “Ireland strongly continues to support the agreed EU position on Israeli settlement policy.”
In the meantime, reactions came from the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini who stated, “The European Union’s position on Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory is clear and remains unchanged: all settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace, as reaffirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2334.”