Israel-Hamas War

Higgins hits out at ‘reckless’ von der Leyen over Israel comments

Higgins said there was unanimous revulsion at the killings by Hamas of civilians

President Michael D Higgins - “What one is seeing in this is a thoughtless and even reckless set of actions and I don’t think it’s helpful." Picture: Maxwells

President Michael D Higgins has issued a stark rebuke to the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen over her handling of the crisis in the Middle East over the last week, labelling her intervention as “reckless”.

His criticism focused on comments made by von der Leyen in which she offered her full support to Israel but did not demand that its retaliation for the deadly Hamas attack conform with international law.

Speaking ...