Irish PM’s Attempt To Fix Tweet On Gaza Hostages Fuels Further Criticism

    Tom Hand, second from the right, meets Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, center, and Israel’s Ambassador in Ireland, Dana Erlich, center right. Photo Courtesy of Ophyr Hanan and the Embassy of Israel in Dublin.

    JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar attempted to deflect some of the criticism he has been getting after his injudicious tweet about Emily Hand, a 9-year-old girl abducted by Hamas whom he termed “an innocent child lost who has now been found.”

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    After suffering severe condemnation on social media, Varadker attempted to mitigate the damage to his reputation by placing the entire text of his statement about Emily on Twitter. However he only succeeded in fueling further criticism, as viewers realized that even here he had conveniently left out the name of the terrorist organization responsible for the kidnappings and abductions to Gaza.

    Varadker’s full statement says that “a little girl was snatched from her home and held captive for almost seven weeks”, with no mention of Hamas as the culprit. Later he writes that “our thoughts and prayers are with all the hostages in Gaza” and “we cannot forget that many more hostages remain in captivity” but once again he stubbornly refuses to admit that Hamas is responsible for this horrific situation.

    After once again being criticized for this omission, and after Israeli foreign minister Eli Cohen called in Irish ambassador Sonya McGuiness for a ‘reprimand’, Varadker said in a statement that:

    “It’s really good news that Emily has been released and she’s now at home with her family. The Irish government worked very hard with the Qatari, Egyptian, Israeli authorities, and the Red Cross to press for her release. And I’m really glad that she has been released and that’s the most important thing.

    I think the vast majority of people understand what I was saying, recalling the amazing joy and awe that occurs when a child comes home. I’ve always been consistent in my unequivocal condemnation of Hamas and hostage taking.”

    Speaking earlier, a Government spokesperson said that the “Government has been clear at every stage that all hostages abducted by Hamas should be released immediately and unconditionally”.


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    7 months ago

    The Irish are going to learn the hard way. And I couldn’t care less

    D.B. Cooper
    D.B. Cooper
    7 months ago

    Devalera’s Jew hating spirit (together with the anti-semite Arthur Griffith) lives on in Ireland. They can all go to hell