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Dáil Declares Israeli Settlements "De Facto Annexation" Of Palestine

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The government has backed a Sinn Fein motion declaring the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories "de facto annexation".

The move makes Ireland the first EU country to recognise Israel's settlements in this way.

However, an amendment that also called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and place sanctions on the country was rejected.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, says that it could be a message to the global community to follow suit.

Speaking in the Dáil, he said the "strategic nature of the expansion and the intent behind it" helped form the decision.

"[It] has brought us to a point that we need to be honest about what is happening on the ground."

"We need to call it out for what it is, it is de facto annexation."

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