To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to formally recognise the state of Palestine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Darragh O'Brien.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 12th April, 2017.
As I have reported to the House, I am keeping under continuous review whether the immediate recognition by Ireland of a state of Palestine, prior to its real achievement on the ground, could be a helpful step towards the goal of resolving the conflict. And, if so, when that might have the greatest impact.
My two visits to the region have contributed to that ongoing consideration, and I have discussed the question with both local leaders and EU colleagues.
The motions passed by the Dáil and the Seanad in this regard in 2014 are obviously important factors, but ultimately this is a decision for the Government, and there are many factors to take into account, both positive and negative.
I am also acutely conscious that the situation on the ground has continued to deteriorate, and efforts to reanimate the political process have not yet been successful. I have condemned a number of recent negative actions, including announcements of settlement construction.
I am continuing to weigh these and other factors in relation to recognition on an ongoing basis.