Earlier today the Irish Government expelled an unnamed official of unknown rank from the Israeli embassy (pictured) in retaliation for the forgery of Irish passports which were then used in the assassination of a Hamas member in Dubai. This from eircom.net.
Minister Martin said investigations had led to the inescapable conclusion that an Israeli government agency was responsible for the misuse and, most likely, the manufacture of the forged Irish passports associated with the murder of Hamas militant Mahmoud Al Mabhouh. Minister Martin said the Government agreed at a Cabinet meeting that, by way of protest at its unacceptable action, Israel be requested to withdraw a designated member of staff of its embassy in Dublin.
Israeli ambassador to Dublin responded, Dr Zion Evrony, responded by saying that "Israel regrets this decision" but that "We believe that it does not reflect the overall positive relations which exist between Ireland and Israel."
I think the Irish government were entirely correct to take this action even though it seems to me that the Department of Foreign Affairs dithered on this one and only decided to act in the wake of the Gaza flotilla fiasco when world opinion turned against the Israelis. Leaving that aside and the question of the morality of targeted assassinations, it is totally unacceptable that a foreign government would be involved in the forgery of Irish passports. It puts Irish citizens at risk and it is generally far too gangster like behaviour for a country that is supposed to have friendly relations with Ireland. However, it is now time for some consistency from the Irish government. This is a great opportunity for the government to respond to the critics that accuse it of double standards when it comes to the Middle east. It is time for the government to take action against the Iranian embassy. My last post was about the truly outrageous goings on at the Iranian embassy in Dublin where officials there are engaged in a campaign of intimidation directed against Iranians living here who are known to be outspoken critics of the regime. It angers me greatly to think that Iranians who come here, some as refugees are not safe from the persecution of the Mullahs even when they reach Irish soil. Any official found to be involved in this sort of thuggery should be immediately expelled. Of course the Irish Anti War Movement don't want to know anything about this, nor do the countless other left wing groups that foam at the mouth the moment Israel takes action to defend itself. In fact I approached a prominent member of the IAWM and informed them of the situation facing Iranians in Dublin. He openly admitted that the IAWM do not want to make an issue of this in case in turns public opinion in Ireland against the Iranian Government at a time when "Don't Attack Iran" is a central platform of the IAWM. Now there is double standard for you.