Irish FM to visit Israel amid tensions in settlements, labeling NGO terrorism
This is Coveney’s fifth trip to Israel in the past four years and his first since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took office in May.
“During this visit, I will meet a range of Israeli and Palestinian political leaders, representatives of United Nations agencies and civil society.
“I will speak clearly and candidly about negative trends, including violence, demolitions, evictions and settlement activities that cause continued suffering and threaten to erode the prospect of a negotiated two-state solution.
“During the last week, we have witnessed new negative developments in terms of the implantation and space activities of civil society, against which I spoke out.
“I will take this opportunity to re-express my concerns and call for an end to such acts,” he said.
Coveney is due to arrive late Monday evening and will meet with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) on Tuesday.
This will be his first in-depth conversation with Lapid since the new government was sworn in, although the two met briefly in Brussels in July when Lapid attended a meeting of European Union foreign ministers.
Coveney will have an audience with President Issac Herzog, whose grandfather Yitzhak Halevi Herzog was the Chief Rabbi of Ireland from 1919 to 1936.
FURTHER, COVENEY will be speaking at the Israel Council on Foreign Relations and the Hebrew University, where he will discuss his country’s views on the Middle East and its role on the United Nations Security Council.
While in Jerusalem, Coveney will also meet with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland.
On Wednesday, Coveney will travel to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian officials and representatives of international organizations and civil society groups.
From Israel, Coveney will travel to Jordan where he will meet Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and inaugurate the new Irish Embassy building there.
This is “an important step in deepening the ties between our two countries. Jordan is an important partner in the region and I look forward to discussing a wide range of issues, including bilateral relations and trade, the Syrian conflict, the Middle East peace process and the challenges facing the region. as a whole is facing, ”Coveney said.