Israel’s summoning of Irish ambassador ‘a bit of an overreaction’: Simon Harris

The Minister for Further Education described the move as “a complete distraction”

  • November 27, 2023
Simon Harris: “The main thing is Emily Hand is back with her family.”

Simon Harris, the Minister for Further Education, has described the decision of Israel to summon the Irish ambassador for a reprimand as “a bit of an overreaction”.

Israel took issue with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stating that an “an innocent child who was lost has now been found” after Hamas released nine-year-old Irish-Israeli hostage Emily Hand.

Israel’s foreign minister, Eli Cohen, said the child had been kidnapped and the comments were an attempt to “legitimise and ...