The President of the Workers Party has said the government’s expulsion of an official from the Israeli Embassy
over the recent passports incident was mere tokenism and the party has called for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador
and breaking off of diplomatic relations with Israel.
Michael Finnegan said that if Minister Micheál Martin believed that there were grounds enough for expelling an Israeli
embassy staff member then that functionary’s boss should also be thrown out, otherwise the Minister’s action was
no more than a token slap on the wrist for Israel over what was a very serious matter.
Mr. Finnegan said that the move also totally ignored Israel’s attack in international waters on the international
aid flotilla including the deaths of nine people, the assault and kidnapping of Irish citizens and the impounding of the Rachel
“Micheál Martin has made it clear that the Irish government suspects Israel of having been behind the forgery
of Irish passports and the use of those and other EU passports in the course of the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai.
The government has also condemned Israel’s attack on the aid ships. That
being the case there can be only one option for Ireland to protect our reputation as a sovereign state and that is to sunder
all diplomatic ties with Israel and expel Ambassador Evrony and all his staff”, said Michael Finnegan.
Issued 15th June 2010