Israeli deputy ambassador accuses Irish group of anti-semitism
Published 08/08/2014 | 16:29
The Israeli deputy ambassador to Ireland has accused a group of Irish "anti-Israel activists" of anti-semitism.
Nurit Tinari Modai gave an interview on Thursday with Galei Tzahal, a radio network operated by the Israeli Defence Forces, in which she both praised and condemned Irish attitudes to Israel.
Modai, wife of ambassador Boaz Modai, said Irish opinion on Israel is "divided into three."
The deputy ambassador criticised Irish people who "under the disguise of caring for Palestinians accuse Israel of crimes against humanity," and say that "Israel is the embodiment of evil."
"It is very hysterical," she added.
These "anti-Israel activists" are "ignorant, anti-semitic, with an intensely rooted hatred of Jews," said Modai.
Modai accused this group of burning Israeli flags.
"They threaten, they demonstrate in cities and towns. It is frustrating, it is challenging, but we have no alternative but to win," she said.
However, the Deputy Ambassador praised the group of Irish people who defend Israel, saying:
“I would call them the Righteous among the Nations in modern terminology, I salute them morning and night.”
She also praised the Irish government, saying it hasn't been as critical of Israel as in times past.
The government's stance is in accord with the rest of the EU and "is much more balanced," said the deputy ambassador.
According to Modai "the silent majority" of Irish people "have no opinion as such," on the ongoing violence in the Gaza strip.