Diplomatic rift widens after lord mayor of Dublin's 'anti-Israel' meeting

Diplomatic rift widens after lord mayor of Dublin's 'anti-Israel' meeting

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a Conference in Ramallah.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly in connection with the Dublin mayor's participation in a conference in Palestine, as well as with two Dublin City Council's "hostile" statements, the ministry said in its press release.

The mayor of Dublin has entered the West Bank after a reported spelling error allowed him through Tel Aviv airport in defiance of a ban. The conference he is attending in Ramallah commemorated al-Husseini, including the latter's pro-Nazi stance during the war.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal Mac Donncha.

It said the event in the Palestinian city of Ramallah was "explicitly" against Israel and occurred as Israel marked a Holocaust memorial event. Israel expects a "public and formal" response from Ireland, it said.

The Israeli government refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity and continues to build settlements in occupied areas, despite objections from the United Nations. Israel had aimed to block his entry because of his support for the BDS movement that advocates boycotts against it.

Israel's interior ministry and strategic affairs ministry blamed each other for the mix-up, it said.

Mr Mac Donncha has criticised Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.