Israel summons Ireland's ambassador over conference attended by Dublin Lord Mayor

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The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said its deputy director-general for Europe, Rodica Radian-Gordon, expressed "her astonishment and deep disappointment" that the Lord Mayor chose to participate in "such a blatant anti-Israel event".

Ambassador Alison Kelly was called before the Israeli Foreign Ministry to explain a visit by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha.

Interior minister Arieh Deri ordered an inquiry after Mr Mac Donncha announced he was in the city of Ramallah for a conference. It said that the conference in Ramallah was "explicitly" against Israel and had taken place on Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Irish ambassador to Israel has been summoned by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to protest the actions of Dublin's Lord Mayor.

Donncha managed to enter Ramallah via Israel on Tuesday despite a ban imposed on him by the state.

Israel expects a "public and formal" response from Ireland to his conduct, it said.

Israel and Palestine are locked in a decades-long dispute over borders and sovereignty.

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.

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

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