IRELAND - Senate Approves Anti-Settlement Activity

Arno Froese

In a watershed moment, the Irish Senate (Seanad Éireann) approved a bill to criminalize West Bank settlement activity, thereby taking a stand both against European Union policy and its own government.

This is an “historic, momentous occasion,” said Irish Senator Frances Black, who had submitted the private member’s bill that now goes to the House (Dáil Éireann) for approval before it is passed into law.

The senate vote puts Ireland on track to become the first European Union country to end trade with Judea and Samaria, as well as with Jewish areas of Jerusalem over the pre-1967 lines.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said that the Irish Senate had approved “the most extreme anti-Israel piece of legislation in Europe.”

The ministry added: “This bill will not help a single Palestinian and is aimed at negating the historical connection between the people of Israel and the birthplace of the Jewish people.”

Prior to the vote, a representative of the government warned the senate that the legislation was contrary to EU law and “requires the state to do something which is not in its power.” The attorney-general has also warned against it, she said.

Goods from West Bank settlements can only be excluded by the EU and not by an individual member state. “This is the essence of the EU single market,” the representative stated.

“I just wanted to point out that this kind of Goebbels-style operation is going on from the Israelis,” Senator David Norris said.

“It is a dangerous piece of legislation as it gives the Palestinians the illusion that external coercion can actually replace negotiations. It encourages Palestinians to continue supporting terrorism instead of engaging in direct negotiations,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

“Sadly, if this legislation becomes a law it will be counter-productive, as it seeks to close doors for Israelis but will only succeed to close the door on any future input that Ireland could have in a peace process in the Middle East,” the Ministry said., 5 December 2018

Arno's commentary

“Kauft nicht bei Juden.” “Don’t patronize Jewish stores” was the Nazi slogan. That actually is the bottom line of this Irish bill, which no doubt will be followed by others. 

While it is not our calling to meddle in politics, this issue is more than that. It simply denies the Jews their Biblical right to the land ordained with specific borders by the Creator Himself.

One must realize that there are many obstacles in the way of cooperation with Arab Palestinians, who do not recognize Israel on the one hand, and insist that the land of Palestine lies between the River Jordan in the east and the Mediterranean on the west, thus totally eradicating the land of Israel. Question: will there be an Arab-Palestinian political identity? At this moment, it looks most unlikely. The more Arab Palestinians endorse the murder of Jews and idolize terrorists who have been killed by Israeli defense actions, the more subdivisions (settlements) will be built by Israel. These new villages, towns, and even cities are built on vacant territory in most cases, and thereby legitimized by so-called international law. 

What is the real reason for this conflict? The answer is rather simple: the god of this world fights viciously against the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. But in the end, he will lose, for Israel is destined not only to take possession of the Promised Land, but also to become nation number one on planet earth.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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